“There are some people who go [to cemeteries] because they like the ghoulish atmosphere of it, but there are more people who are fascinated by history and want to look at tombstones of historical figures from the locale,” he said.
Foerster said some common markings to look for while touring Montgomery County cemeteries include sculpted doves, lilies and lambs for children who died during infancy, headstones that look like stacked logs to symbolize the Woodmen of the World, and hands clasped together in the Freemason’s symbol.
Located on the corner of N. 10th Street and E. Davis Street in Conroe
Oakwood Cemetery is the burial place for many prominent families who lived in Conroe and Montgomery County. One famous name is that of Dr. J. F. Collier, the first mayor of Conroe in 1905. Foerster said Collier was a doctor who built his office in downtown Conroe following the fire of 1911. The cemetery also is the burial place of 12 Confederate soldiers, whose graves are marked with Confederate flags.
Conroe Community Cemetery
439 N. 10th Street, Conroe
Conroe Community Cemetery is an unkempt burial place of many African American individuals who settled in Conroe during the post-Civil War era. Foerster said the cemetery is overgrown and in need of restoration. Prominent residents buried in the cemetery include Sergeant Luther Dorsey, a Buffalo soldier of the 10th Army Calvary, as well as Mittie Campbell, the woman who founded the first public African American school in Conroe in 1919, which later became Booker T. Washington High School.
Old Methodist Church Cemetery
Located near the intersection of Hwy. 105 W. and Pond Street in Montgomery
The Old Methodist Church Cemetery is located adjacent to the historical Montgomery United Methodist Church. The churchyard of the Methodist church started being used for burials in the 1840s. The cemetery is also the burial site to many of Montgomery’s early settlers, including Rev. Thomas Chilton, who was a U.S. representative, a friend to frontiersman Davy Crockett, and a ghostwriter for Crockett’s autobiography “Narrative of the Life of David Crockett.”
New Montgomery Cemetery
408 Old Plantersville Road, Montgomery
Montgomery Cemetery was founded in 1868 and it is located directly west of Montgomery City Hall. The land was donated by Willis co-founders Peter J. and Richard S. Willis because they did not want horse thieves buried in Old Methodist Cemetery, Foerster said. One such horse thief was Montgomery County attorney William McGrew/McGraw and his half-brothers. The cemetery is also the burial place of Dr. Charles B. Stewart, the first Texas Secretary of State, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the designer of the Texas Lone Star Flag.
Montgomery Memorial Cemetery
Located near the Hwy. 1097 and FM 149 intersection in Montgomery
Montgomery Memorial Cemetery was a burial ground designated for African-Americans during segregation, with dates going back to 1863, Foerster said. It contains roughly 800 graves and is now open to the entire community. In February 2011, Montgomery Memorial Cemetery was given a historic marker.
Danville/Shepherd Hill Road Cemetery
11249 Shepard Hill Road, Willis
The cemetery is the burial site of citizens of Old Danville, which is now a ghost town, Foerster said. Among those buried at the cemetery is Samuel Linsey, whose son Jonathan Lindsey died during the Battle of the Alamo, and William Spiller, who was the owner of a tobacco farm, Esperanza Plantation, which was located near what is now known as Esperanza Road off Hwy. 75.
Located at the intersection of FM 1097 and Cemetery Road in Willis
The cemetery is the burial ground of 36 Confederate soldiers as well as prominent residents from Danville and Willis. The
22-acre cemetery was founded in the 1800’s.
Garden Park Cemetery
801 Teas Road, Conroe
The Garden Park Cemetery was founded in 1959. Foerster said Garden Park is the largest cemetery in Conroe. According to findagrave.com, Garden Park Cemetery has 4,579 interments.