Nestled within the rolling hills just south of Hannibal, Missouri, Mt. Olivet Cemetery has been a comforting and stable presence to area residents for generations. Today, Mt. Olivet is one of the largest cemeteries in Northeast Missouri, developed by the original board of directors as a place to “recreate and remember.” To that end, the directors’ vision of a park-like setting became a reality in 1847.
As a historical cemetery Mt. Olivet is the final resting place of Samuel Clemens’s father, mother and siblings as well as other notable figures from Hannibal’s early years: the Coontz, Clayton, Dulany, Garth, Mahan, Pettibone, Robards and Stillwell families. The grave site of Clarence Gideon, the subject of Gideon’s Trumpet and the man who changed judicial history, is often visited by aspiring lawyers from around the country.
While the current board of directors and management team strive to preserve the cemetery’s rich history, they also realize the importance of embracing the cemetery’s future. To that end, Mt. Olivet offers area residents numerous burial options to meet individual needs. Traditionalists often prefer the older, tree-shaded monument area of the cemetery while others prefer the open manicured area of the memorial park. Environmentalists prefer the natural green burial option where the minimum required is a shroud. Those who choose to be cremated have several burial options, including the use of the wooded scattering grounds. Life is not “one-size-fits-all;” for this reason alone, Mt. Olivet Cemetery prides itself on offering consumers a choice of options.
In keeping with the original vision of the cemetery, we invite you to come visit this beautiful property. Maps of the cemetery are available to anyone who would like to take a historical walking tour. For those working on family genealogy, our burial records are computerized to help you in your research. We also invite you to join us each year on the Sunday before Halloween as we host our All Saints’ and Souls’ Day celebration. This annual event includes a memorial balloon release, narrated hayrides, bonfire and wiener roast, and the decorating of graves for the winter months.
Feel free to contact the cemetery any time with your questions or comments. Regardless of whether you find us on Facebook, e-mail us, or just pick up the phone and call, you will find the friendly, family-oriented atmosphere at Mt. Olivet refreshing. After 168 years of service to the community, Mt. Olivet Cemetery remains the peaceful, park-like choice for generations of area families. Come. Discover the best-kept secret.
2340 Fulton Ave.
Hannibal , MO 63401
Office Manager: Donna S. Brown: 573-221-0655
Email Us: firstname.lastname@example.org