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Cemetery Event Schedule

Disclaimer: Outside tour groups must get permission to use the Cemetery grounds.

Whatever the season, Green Hill Cemetery Historic District is the perfect backdrop to experience a step back in time. Take your pick from a variety of event options. There’s always something new to experience at the historic Green Hill Cemetery.

Tours Upon Request

Historical walking tours will be conducted by the Caretakers. Donald and Melissa will take you on a journey through the past. They will focus on the beginning of the Cemetery as well as some of the funerary art and some tales of those laid to rest. The duration of these tours will take approximately 30 minutes. Minimum $5 donation per group. Tours are cancelled in the event on inclement weather.

Flashlight Tours

Historical walking tours of Green Hill Cemetery will be given by the Caretakers. Donald and Melissa will lead you through the Cemetery and speak about history of Green Hill, war veterans, Funerary Art, as well as a look into some of Martinsburg's most prominent citizens. Tours are from 8:30pm-9:30pm. Minimum donation of $5 per group and you must supply your own flashlight. Tours are cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

3rd Annual Picnic at Green Hill: Starting at 11am

May, 25, 2024

We invite you to picnic like it's 1899. Enjoy the beautiful views in our cemetery and spend time with your loved ones. Picnics in the cemetery provide a chance to spend time with those that have passed. This was the norm during the Victorian Era. Families would picnic with their lost loved ones monthly. We are hoping to remove the stigma that cemeteries are only a place for mourning because they are also a place to celebrate life. We will have designated picnic areas, and lunch options available. Free cemetery tours start at 1pm and last around 30 minutes. Bring your family, or just yourself, and relax in the cemetery. Cold bagged lunches will be available for $3; hot lunches will be available for $5.

We do not have public restrooms.

Earth Day Clean Up

April 22nd, 2024

Looking for a way to make a difference on Earth Day? Come out and help us pick up trash and debris left in and around the cemetery. This is a great volunteer opportunity! You will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of our exclusive totes bags and "I Brae For Cemeteries" decal! Native, locally grown, milkweed will be available for purchase and we will be happy to sign off on volunteer hours for any person or groups that needs it. You will also be our first to hear about our events list this summer!

Decoration Day Event

May 30th, 2022

In 1890, the term Decoration Day was adopted to honor fallen soldiers of the Civil War. Eventually, this term was changed to Memorial Day to honor all fallen soldiers,from every war. Green Hill has soldiers from many different wars including the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.


This year we have chosen to use the term Decoration Day, as it is our hope to have the headstones of fallen soldiers from all wars decorated with the American Flag. The caretakers will have a booth set-up with flags available for a minimum of a $5 donations. We will also be hosting our first ever Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt, which will focus on finding soldiers from various wars, Just scan the QR code or pick up a paper list from the flag booth to participate!

2nd Annual: Picnic at Green Hill

May 29, 2021: Starting at 2pm

This year we are bringing back our annual picnic and our FREE historical tours of the Cemetery. We will also be having a yard sale and bake sale throughout the day to help raise money for Green Hill. Green Hill is a privately owned Cemetery that was established in 1854. We do not receive any funding from the state and all work done by the caretakers is strictly on a volunteer basis. We are hoping to establish a sense of community at the Cemetery that has been lost. Cemeteries use to be a place people would visit to celebrate the life of their loved ones. During the Victorian era eating in cemeteries became a “fad. " One reason for this was because of the epidemics raging across the country: Yellow fever and cholera flourished, children passed away before turning 10, women died during childbirth. Death was a constant visitor for many families, and in cemeteries, people could “talk” and break bread with family and friends, both living and deceased. We think this tradition should live on before our permanent residents are forgotten. Admission to the event is FREE. The only opportunity for purchasing items are via the yard sale or bake sale. We accept donations to support the event costs, but do not expect them. NO PUBLIC RESTROOMS.

Halloween Movie Marathon

October 31, 2020 6pm-12am

GHOSTS, WITCHES AND CREATURES OF FRIGHT. DON'T MISS THE CALL OF HALLOWEEN NIGHT!
Green Hill Cemetery is pleased to announce their second annual Trick or Treating event! This year we are creepin' it real with the addition of a Scary Movie Marathon! The cauldron will be bubblin', the bon fire will be crackling, and the movies will be spooky! Bring your capes, cloaks, and blankets so you don't catch a chill. Come out on Halloween night and join us at Green Hill.

Halloween Market

October 24th, 2020 10am-5pm

The Life & Death Event is pleased to announce an outdoor HALLOWEEN MARKET at Green Hill Cemetery! A hauntingly good time for all, with vendors, artists, authors, psychic mediums, spiritual arts, tarot, animal rescues & community groups; oddities, the weird, the wonderful, the one-of-a-kind, and more! …Plus Trick or Treating, a Silent Auction & More!

This will be a fundraiser benefiting Dakota’s Dream Animal Rescue & Green Hill Cemetery.

History Day

September 26th, 2020 11am-4pm

The Life & Death Event is please to announce a History Day at Green Hill Cemetery. Stroll the grounds and take a glimpse into the 19th Century with us! We will have a living history program representing a timeline of the US military from the Civil War through WWI; displays of antique funerary items, Victorian hair work and mourning jewelry; historic walking tours of the cemetery; scheduled lectures and hands-on classes; as well as a wet plate photographer on site to strike your image - and more!

Life and Death Event

June 20, 2020

Life & Death Event hosts a special evening at Green Hill Cemetery
There will be a fundraiser - cat food & supply drive for Dakota's Dream Animal Rescue & open donation to benefit Green Hill Cemetery. There will also be a silent auction to benefit both organizations! Come out for Cemetery tours, open house & movie (movie starts at 9pm). Showing: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Summer Movie Series

Movie nights are back! Bring your blankets and camping chairs and head to Green Hill Cemetery to enjoy an outdoor movie on a 100'' x100'' screen! Concessions will be available, but you can also bring your own food and beverages. There are no public restrooms and concessions are cash only. All proceeds act as a donation to the upkeep of Green Hill Cemetery for the 2024 mowing season.

Movie Schedule for 2024:

June 22nd: Caddy Shack
July 20th: Without a Paddle
August 17th: Pixels

Movies start at 8:45pm
Please note we operate on a weather permitting basis. We will post on Facebook if a movie is cancelled due to inclement weather.

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