Houston’s Silent Garden: Glenwood Cemetery, 1871-2009
Glenwood Cemetery, lying along Buffalo Bayou within sight of downtown Houston, offers both a serene, pastoral final resting place for a diverse array of the city’s civic leaders and historic figures and a lovely setting for visitation and remembrance by families and friends. This beautifully wooded and landscaped preserve, first established in 1871, also serves as an important window onto the history of one of America’s largest and most dynamic cities.
Glenwood Cemetery developed according to the standards and preferences of the nineteenth century ‘picturesque’ rural garden cemetery movement, of which it is Texas’ first and perhaps finest example. Further, the grave markers themselves comprise an exceptional array of funerary design, showcasing the artistry and craftsmanship of some of the region’s finest sculptors and artisans. Through the story of Glenwood, readers will appreciate some of the natural features that shaped Houston’s evolution and can begin to understand the forces of urbanization that positioned Houston to become the vital community it is today.