James Moss Smith was a surgeon and 1st Lieutenant of the
18th Virginia Infantry during the War Between the States.
He was the first mayor of Martinsville
and sold the land to the City for the cemetery.



General Operation
  • The cemetery is open from dawn to dusk everyday. No trespassing allowed after hours when the gates are closed.
  • Drive on roadway only. Parking is allowed on roadside throughout the cemetery. All roads are two-way.
  • Access to the cemetery is only permitted through the entrance on Cemetery Street.
Prohibited Items and Activities
  • Flowers, trees, shrubs, and roses are for everyone to enjoy. Please do not pick.
  • Use of firearms or other weapons is prohibited.
  • No drugs or alcoholic beverages allowed.
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times and their owners are encouraged to be respectful of their surroundings.
Memorial Flowers
  • Living garden flowers and shrubs are the preferred permanent remembrance on graves and may be chosen from a list of appropriate plantings to be planted by cemetery personnel.
  • Cemetery staff may remove at their discretion any inappropriate flowers, plants, wreaths, and decorations from grave sites. All grave decorations will be periodically removed.
Visitor Conduct
  • No loud music or recreational games allowed. An atmosphere of quiet and respect is appropriate.
  • Cemetery staff may at any time refuse entry or the use of cemetery facilities to anyone acting inappropriately.
  • Respectful behavior, dress, and language are required at all times.
  • Visitors are responsible for properly disposing of their trash and litter.
  • For your own safety do not push or lean on gravestones or fences.
  • The cemetery encourages memorial gifts of either monetary or approved plantings.


Lewis Riddle, President
Darrell Smith, Vice President
Lucy Wilson, Secretary
Lorrie Teegen, Treasurer
Lucy Davis
Phil Garrett
Martha Medley
Henry Moore
Edwin Penn
Beth Sibbick
Bob Vogler
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