Green Hill Cemetery
Green Hill Cemetery is located just north of the downtown business district between Battleground Avenue, Wharton Street, and Hill Street.
901 Wharton St.
Greensboro, NC 27401
Hours of Operation:
Open year-round, 8 am to sunset
Features and Amenities:
- Pre-arranged services
- Perpetual care
- Historic guided walking tours and tree walks
- Security fencing and Greensboro Police patrols provided
- Regulations exist for monuments and plantings
With 51 acres, this cemetery opened in 1877 and is the oldest and most historic City operated cemetery. The design and layout of Green Hill is in the Garden Style with many circular family lots, which was very style appropriate in its time. Those with deep family ties to Greensboro often elect to purchase a plot in Green Hill Cemetery.
Cemetery lots and graves are sold with provisions for perpetual care. Twenty-five percent of the sale price for a lot or grave is placed in a Perpetual Care Trust Fund to ensure that our cemeteries will be properly maintained in the years to come. All sales are governed by the rules and regulations adopted by the Greensboro City Council.
What's Happening at Green Hill Cemetery:
The Friends of Green Hill Cemetery, a non-profit organization, provides historic one-and-a-half-hour walking tours of the cemetery throughout the year. These tours, which raise funds for the enhancement of the plantings and structures within the cemetery, are meant to increase your knowledge of Greensboro's history and the local and unusual plants thriving within its 51 acres. What few people realize is that Green Hill Cemetery also has a remarkable number of plant species rarely found in North Carolina or even North America. Read about our treasure trove of trees.
Take a walking tour with Friends of Green Hill Cemetery and see, to name a few, the W. Herman Weaver family plot. Weaver was a contractor whose firm built much of Greensboro's Kirkwood neighborhood and the Governmental Center downtown. Discover the modest grave of Harper J. Elam, who founded the Greensboro Daily Record, which later merged with the Greensboro Daily News to become the News & Record we know today. Elam coined the phrase and promoted Greensboro as "the Gate City."
Please visit the Friends of Green Hill Cemetery website for updates on tours and other happenings or check our calendar of events. Additional group tours can be arranged at your request and/or you can purchase A Walking Tour of Green Hill Cemetery booklet for $5. Call us at 336-373-2160 or e-mail us to purchase your copy.
City Cemeteries Division is a member of the North Carolina Cemetery Association.
Green Hill Cemetery Section Map