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Property Name Prairie Grove Cemetery, Historic Section
Reference Number 15000292
State Arkansas
County Washingotn
Town Prairie Grove
Street Address Wend of downtown Prairie Grove on theW side of Kate Smith St, N side of Buchanan St (Hwy 62 W), and S ofParks St.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 1/8/2016
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The Prairie Grove Cemetery is a historical landmark along the town's main street. Early settlers of Prairie Grove and the west Washington County area, including some of their present-day descendants, are buried in the cemetery. Several notable people in Prairie Grove's history, including its founder, Colonel Neal are interred there. The handcrafted marble and granite headstones illustrate the designs often used to commemorate the deceased from the 1800s to early 1900s and feature work of local and regional craftsmen. As important evidence of the early settlement of Prairie Grove, the Prairie Grove Cemetery Historic Section is being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A with local significance for its association with the early settlement and continued development of the town of Prairie Grove. The cemetery is also being nominated under Criterion C, with local significance, for its large collection of headstones featuring artistic carvings created by local and regional masons and stone carvers, including a large collection of carved headstones created by Ernest Henry Dorman of Prairie Grove, Arkansas. This property is also being nominated under Criteria Consideration D, as a cemetery. The period of significance for the Prairie Grove Cemetery Historic Section, stretching from 1818 through 1938, encompasses the initial settlement of the surrounding area as well as the first large scale development of Prairie Grove during the early 20th century. It also encompasses the productive life of the local stone carver Ernest Henry Dorman, who continued to create headstones until his death in 1938.

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