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Woodland Cemetery

Woodland Cemetery, Clemson University South Carolina online Tour “Cemetery Hill,” as it’s lovingly called, was the idea of Clemson’s former president Walter Merritt Riggs. Riggs came to the Clemson Agricultural College in 1896 as an assistant professor of mechanical and electrical engineering. It didn’t take him long to develop a fierce loyalty to the school, of which he was confirmed president in 1911.

In 1922, he sought to recognize faculty and college administrators for their service by creating a faculty cemetery. Two years later, the Board approved the idea and named it “The Woodland Cemetery.” Land chosen was that adjacent to the Calhoun family plots.

Ironically in 1924, just a few feet from the Calhoun family plots, Riggs became the first person buried in the cemetery.

In 2001, Pres. James Barker appointed the Woodland Cemetery Stewardship Committee to make recommendations for the protection and preservation of Cemetery Hill. To help support the grounds’ preservation and research, you can make a secure gift online and designate it for the “Cemetery Hill Preservation Fund.”

Support the grounds’ preservation and research
Make a secure gift online and designate it for the “Cemetery Hill Preservation Fund.”

How can I reserve a plot in the cemetery?
Read the policy

More Information
For more stories about the cemetery, check out the series “ Cemetery Chronicles."

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