Historic Riverside Cemetery Conservancy

Preserving the Past for the Future

The role of many of the nation’s historic cemeteries is changing – from not only functional burial properties but also underground museums where history is brought to life during Spirits in October and Pathways to History. Beautiful architecture, art, and horticulture are preserved here and natural beauty beckons. Historic Riverside Cemetery in Macon, Georgia, opens wide its gates to families and individuals who wish to enjoy its serene, beautifully-landscaped grounds, footpaths, roads and vistas.

The Conservancy's main objective is to develop programs that educate the public, beautify the cemetery grounds, preserve the cemetery's historic relevance to modern culture, and ensure the continuation of extensive cemetery records. In addition, the Foundation builds endowments to secure the long-term stability of the cemetery. We received a 501 (C) 3 non-profit designation from the IRS in December of 2005. All donations are tax deductible.

Several projects are currently underway to bring the history of Riverside Cemetery to the community. There are plenty of activities available for you here at Riverside Cemetery, and we would love for you to come and be a part of them either by attending, donating, joining, or volunteering.

Please view the Event Calendar for a complete listing of events!

Following is a short film about Riverside and The Conservancy.

Riverside Cemetery Story, 2009 from Ted Liedle on Vimeo.



The Historic Riverside Cemetery Conservancy was created to preserve, enhance and share the beauty and history of Riverside Cemetery for the benefit of present and future generations.  The Conservancy serves as the community outreach and fundraising arm of the cemetery.

Through educational programs and special community-wide events, the Conservancy’s board of directors invites visitors in Middle Georgia and beyond – whether or not they have loved ones interred here – to enjoy the beauty and rich history of the cemetery.

Won't you help us to preserve this valuable resource?  Join, donate and volunteer


Funding Needs

The Conservancy’s outreach and preservation efforts are funded through endowments, corporate donations, grants, charitable gifts, individual contributions and memberships. Specific projects include public programs and enhancements such as:

  • Pathways to History, an interactive educational curriculum
  • Veterans Memorial, including a marker for the Civil War Earthwork
  • Mausoleum renovation
  • Gate House renovation
  • Greenhouse for educational and landscaping purposes
  • Restoration of original Calvert Vaux* landscape design
  • Heritage Plantings-a memorial garden
  • Addition of benches and garden areas
  • Historic signage
  • Road construction and improvement

*Calvert Vaux also co-designed Central Park in NYC

Click here to make a direct donation or contact us at 478-742-5328 for more information.


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Upcoming Events

Full Moon Euphoria
Wed May 14 @ 7:00PM - 11:00PM

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Walking Tour Map

View Interments on the Riverside Cemetery Walking Tour Map online!

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