Poplar Hill Cemetery, which is located on South Dixie Drive, was established on October 28, 1895. It became a municipal cemetery in 1968 when the general area was annexed by the City of Vandalia. The cemetery is now maintained by the City's Public Works and Parks Departments. The cemetery records of ownership and burials are kept on file in the Development and Engineering Services Department. Each owner will receive a Certificate of Burial Rights, issued by the City and signed by the city manager.
Upkeep is provided by the City. Only sod or grass is permitted on any lot. No trees, shrubs, plants, fences, hedges, trellises, boxes, borders, or other ornaments or objects shall be placed on any lot. Artificial flowers, wreaths, etc. are permitted from November 1 to April 1. Concrete foundations are required for all monuments. Those will be installed by the City for a nominal fee and will include a four-inch-wide border along each side of the monument base.
The rates for purchasing cemetery plots are as follows;
- Baby Land Area - $150 per grave
- City Residents - $350 per grave
- Non-Residents - $450 per grave
Opening & Closing Charges for Graves
Effective January 1, 2009.
- Weekdays (before 4 pm)
- Adults (18 and older): $450
- Ash Receptacles: $200
- Children (7 through 17 years): $200
- Infants (under 7 years): $100
- Weekdays (after 4 pm) and Saturdays
- Adults (18 and older):$700
- Ash Receptacles: $300
- Children (7 through 17 years): $300
- Infants (under 7 years): $150