The Mount Washington Cemetery Historical Society was formed on August 15, 2019, for the purpose of collecting, preserving, and disseminating information about the historical significance of the Mount Washington Cemetery, and helping to preserve the historically significant landmarks within the Cemetery. The Cemetery is the final resting place of many important people and contains many historically significant landmarks. Many of these landmarks have become dilapidated due to a lack of routine maintenance and repair. One such landmark is the William Rockhill Nelson Memorial Chapel, which is in need of a new roof and other repairs.
The Historical Society intends to help restore and maintain these landmarks by contracting with outside parties to perform necessary maintenance and repair work and/or by making grants to the owners of such landmarks for the purpose of conducting such maintenance and repair work. The Historical Society will condition any grant or expenditure for this purpose on the owner’s agreement to make the landmark available for public viewing, subject perhaps to certain mutually agreed upon limitations. By preserving these historically significant landmarks and ensuring that the general public has access to these landmarks, the Historical Society will directly further its exempt purpose of preserving the history of the Cemetery and helping to expand the general public’s awareness and knowledge of such history.