Oak Hill Cemetery, Vintage Photo



The Oak Hill Cemetery Association of Watertown has decided

to no longer support a website of their own.


It has been agreed that the former Oak Hill site will become part of the website of the

Watertown Historical Society and new content will continue to be added.


The url for the relocated Oak Hill website is:




Because of the movement of the Oak Hill site a number of

hyperlinks are now broken but will soon be fixed.



1540 East Main Street 

P.O. Box 66, Watertown, WI

Phone: 920-261-6022        Email: oakhillcem@yahoo.com



Oak Hill Cemetery was founded in 1850 and originally located along West Street.  In 1865 the present grounds were purchased from Christoph Schroeder and opened for public burials.


Oak Hill Cemetery is a non-sectarian burial ground and is the final resting place for many pioneer settlers such as Timothy Johnson, the founder of Watertown, and his wife; John and Eliza Cole, early day benefactors of the city of Watertown; and John and Eliza Richards, builders and owners of the famous Octagon House Museum.


The cemetery is also home to many unique examples of tombstone architecture, such as cast iron stones, mausoleums, and even portraits carved into the tombstones. Many of these were carved by local craftsmen, such as Thomas McCabe. There is also an ornate holding vault carved into a rise as one enters the cemetery which was used to store coffins while the ground was frozen.



Oak Hill is the final resting place of many prominent Watertown people such as city founder Timothy Johnson, businessman John W. Cole, Octagon House builder John Richards and his family, Dr. John P. Quinney who was a Stockbridge Indian chief who died in 1875, pioneer historian Dr. William Whyte and brewer William Hartig.


The current Oak Hill Cemetery was opened in 1865.  The first Oak Hill Cemetery was on the west side of town from 1850 to 1865; it was only one or two acres and located in a flood plain.  Christoph Schroeder offered the land from his farm where the current cemetery is located.  Traditionally cemeteries were placed on hillsides to avoid worry about flooding.”


St. Bernard’s Cemetery is the city’s oldest, dating back to 1845, but it was not the first.  The first was Watertown Cemetery where the Luther Prep playing field is located.  It opened in 1840 and was condemned in 1947.


Oak Hill Cemetery video clip, YouTube


Map of cemetery layout can be ordered


Many beautiful 1-2-4 and 8 grave lots available



Oak Hill Tree Program


The Oak Hill Cemetery Association tree planting program began in 2000 to replace trees that were destroyed in storms or had been lost through age.


Anyone interested in the program may donate $250 towards a new tree. The donated tree will have a plaque in honor of or in memory of a person of the donor's choice.


The deadline for the fall planting is October 1st of each year.

Inquire about:  oakhillcem@yahoo.com



Oak Hill Cemetery Interment Ledgers:  CDrom orders


Minutes of Oak Hill Cemetery Association, 1850 - 1973


Watertown’s first cemetery (1845)


Decoration of veterans’ gravesites with U.S. flags:

A long-standing ritual perpetuated by Wesley and Gladys Altweis







Ken Riedl, Webmaster.


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