Maitland Cemetery

Other Names: NoneMaitland-gate-and-bus-stop Custom

Owner: City of Maitland

Operator: City of Maitland

Property Address: N. Lake Destiny Road, Maitland, FL

Directions: From I-4 exit west onto Maitland Blvd), go west 0.5 mile to light at  N. Lake Destiny Road and turn south. Then turn east (left) to stay on N. Lake Destiny Rd. Cemetery is on the right on the shore of Lake Lucien, just past the soccer field and brick bus stop,.

Size: 1.8 acres for cemetery not counting property in water- total of 3.6 acres

Coordinates: Latitude: 28.62868 Longitude: -81.39153

Number of Named Graves (in survey): 226

Number of Unnamed Graves (in survey): One unmarked grave and a wooden marker with inscription worn away.

Oldest Date of Death on a Tombstone: 1863

Original Information: Go east on I-4 from downtown Orlando to Maitland Blvd. Go west on Maitland to Lake Destiny Drive, turn left. Go into the Industrial Park to Lake Lucien Dr., turn left. The cemetery is on the right. (29 22 27 0000 00004 - E 332' of NW 1/4 of NW 1/4 N of RY; TE)

2014 Notes: Visited and photographed on 16 Aug. 2014

Other: From The Maitland Historical Society Newsletter published by The Maitland Historical Society, April 1995 and reprinted in Buried Treasures Vol. 27, #2.

The Maitland Cemetery Today
Have you visited the old Maitland Cemetery on Lake Destiny Drive lately? If you haven't, you're in for a pleasant surprise. Where once was a spot where the headstones belonging to Maitland's pioneer families lay broken and neglected is now a tranquil oasis. This transformation is largely due to the diligence of the Cemetery Committee, led by Ginnie MINNEGAN and Bud PARKER. Through their efforts the Maitland City Council approve funds for the improvement of the property. The Parks Department undertook cleanup and re-planting, and has really done a wonderful job. A commemorative plaque noting the date of consecration will be placed at the center of the cemetery in the near fixture.

Land for a town cemetery was acquired in 1885, with Josiah EATON and Isaac VANDERPOOL as trustees. In 1892 the cemetery was fenced. It was consecrated on April 16, 1892 by Bishop H. B. WHIPPLE.

Eleven veterans of the Civil War rest in the Maitland Cemetery

   Captain John COINER
   Private James E. HILL
   George PACKWOOD
   Major John SIMMONS
   Sgt. James SPITLER
   Alexander TERRY

   Captain Josiah EATON
   George RANDALL
   Nicholas VAN DEUSEN

Headstones from the old HILL Family cemetery on Oranole Road were moved to the Maitland Cemetery in the 1960's.

Memorial Day is fast approaching. As we pause to honor our War dead, let us look back to the origins of the Memorial Day tradition. It began in 1866, when four young women in Mississippi went to the cemetery to honor their loved ones who had given their lives in the Civil War. While there, they stopped to tend the graves of Union soldiers buried nearby. This touching gesture was one that began to heal the wound between the North and the South, as word spread to the local news.

This Memorial Day, should you visit the Maitland Cemetery, you will find a beautiful garden befitting the memory of those who rest there in eternal peace.

Also See:

US Cemetery Project - Maitland Cemetery by Mary Pittman

 Maitland Cemetery Map

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