Forest Grove Cemetery, Lexington, Missouri…

I really enjoyed my time in this next cemetery. I would have stayed all day if it weren’t 100 degrees. My Great Grandmother lived near this one. It is across from what used to be the golf course on Golf Road in Lexington. I have to confess that growing up I heard spooky stories about this one. I remember as a teen being dared to just drive by the place in the dark… and considering this one really IS in the middle of nowhere, it truly would have been a bit spooky. Fortunately, it’s not so eerie in the daylight. The few times I actually visited this cemetery it seemed so forgotten. A few years ago I stopped by with my family and I was saddened to see signs of bonfires with beer cans and other garbage right next to headstones. 

I have to tell you that on this visit the place was looking great! It got me thinking of the people who give their time to take care of these older cemeteries. I’d love to find out who takes care of this one because they’ve done a good job. I felt nothing but beautiful energy here, and I could have easily posted 15 more interesting and beautiful photos, but that’s just too many for a blog. Also, I have to note that there were many graves of veterans from several wars in this cemetery. I thanked each one that I saw. I was also surprised to see so many current graves toward the back of the cemetery, and this made me smile. This beautiful place hasn’t been forgotten after all. 

I hope you enjoyed the photos from my cemetery tour. This is the last post from the three-part series. If you missed them, visit my Machpelah Cemetery and Old Catholic Cemetery posts. And for any of my other cemetery posts, scroll down and click on the “cemeteries” category to the right.


Forest Grove Cemetery, Lexington, Missouri – Founded in 1890

I fell down the hill across the road after taking this photo. Can’t wait to hear it on the audio.

Anyone know what these are?

I just really loved this one for some reason.

About Patrick Keller

Patrick Keller is an educator, blogger, and the host of the Big Séance Podcast, which is a place for paranerds to have an open discussion on all things paranormal, but specifically topics like ghosts and hauntings, paranormal research, spirit communication, psychics and mediums, and life after death. He’s the founder of the now inactive Missouri Spirit Seekers and has spent a lot of time experimenting with spirit communication tools and techniques, such as EVP. Patrick also has a passion for spending hours at a time in cemeteries and loves cemetery photography. Visit! View all posts by Patrick Keller

23 responses to “Forest Grove Cemetery, Lexington, Missouri…

  • Randall keller

    Love the series! I ay have to copy the IDE and share some photos of my own fave graveyard. See how you inspire me! Nc job!

  • Aunt Sarah

    PK, you Aunt Patty and I have LOTS of memories of this graveyard, on Country Club Rd.! We went often, to/from visiting the old gentleman, Mr. Richie, who cared for the horses and stables for Wentworth. This was on our way to his stable/home. We always included a night time trip to this Graveyard, during our “treasure hunts”! I remember hiding a note at one of the larger gravestones, during the day, for others to find that night! We had SO much fun….and of course, Halloween!

  • Maria Laing

    Thanks for the trip to this delightful cemetery. Seems that your roots go deep in this area. Is your great grandmother buried in this place?

    Actually, when you said you could have posted 15 or so more photos, too much for a blog, I thought: why is that too much for a blog? I have enjoyed the cemetery photos very much. I think about Sallie Stout, with the “lilting” inscription, someone’s aged friend who died Sept. ?, 1898 (?)… someone cared enough, as a friend, to place a stone in her memory, paying respect; Carrie Robinson’s stone; the slate marker with a name scratched into it of someone who bore the last name Walker; and Annie Collins, wife of Dennis, who died on July 4th ?, 1912, names of persons I surely would never have known of, but for your time and effort. Who knows where the spirits of these indivduals live now, and what their journeys and stories might have been or are?

    I think, also, of my own son, Michael, who went missing on a scuba dive in the Pacific ocean, never surfacing, and never found, whose final resting place is in the depths of the sea, and that there is no marker anywhere on the surface of the earth to mark the days of his life.

    There is no hallowed place of rest for him, but in my heart.

    Rest In Peace
    Michael Marlin Scherner
    June 14,1969
    August 12, 2009

    My Beloved Son

    posted by his mother,
    Maria Laing

    • Patrick


      Ironically, none of my family (to my knowledge) are buried in any of these cemeteries. Most are buried in a newer cemetery in town that just isn’t as picturesque. No headstones… only flat markers that you can’t really see unless you’re looking down over them. It is the only other cemetery in town. I did visit this last weekend though… I just didn’t take too many pictures. I also have family members buried in a nearby town, in an older cemetery that is also really beautiful. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t been there in years, but these posts have made me decide to make a special trip the next time I’m in Lexington.

      Maria, I want you to know how very honored I am to have someone as lovely as you put such beautiful thoughts to words in a comment. I just know that Michael is aware of your love and remembrance, and the marker that resides in your heart (and on this page). I also know that there must be many people in this world who would benefit from your wisdom and your experiences. Have you considered writing to help others?

      Thank you!


  • Amy Lierman

    I think you should post all the pictures or make an album so we can look at all of them??? If its cooler this week I thought about taking the dog for a walk up at the one up the street on golf road so I can look around and maybe I’ll take some pictures too. There are great ones at machpelah too that I always look at when I go walk. thanks for posting – I loved reading the blogs and looking at the pics.

    • Patrick

      I thought I replied. I guess I didn’t. Thanks, Amos! Maybe I can put up a post with some of the leftover pictures. I just know I’m getting close to my limit and am going to have to upgrade for more space eventually. 🙂

  • LeeAllenHoward

    I’m enjoying your pictures and commentary, Patrick. I was traveling this weekend and passed a cemetery, and I thought how well it was kept, then thought about the people who perpetually care for these properties. Interesting that you should mention the same. 🙂

  • Maria Laing

    I just checked back on your site here, and I thank you for your reply to my comments. I am deeply moved.
    With humility, I will say that it has been suggested to me before that I write about my life and experiences. They are not what you would call “great” experiences. They have been catalysts to growth. I suppose it seems like writing would be a challenge that I often think is beyond my scope…self doubt and other feelings impede. Perhaps,with such encouragement as yours, I will find it in me to do it, for the reason you state. It may be that the impulse to do so will finally over-ride my hesitation. Thanks so much for the nudge and support. Bless you.

  • Paranormalogistically

    Thank you for the pleasing trip through this old cemetery. I really like the pic of the stones beneath the tree, very peaceful. 🙂 I have files upon files of cemetery investigation pics that I had uploaded to myspace years ago and you are inspiring me to do something with them! I would have loved to see the rest of the photos you took at these cemeteries considering that all the ones you have posted are awesome!

  • aradiasilvermoon

    I love the pictures they are very nice! I love walking in the Fairview Cemetery here in Liberty, MO. There are so many old graves that are still in good condition even after the destruction that happened a few years ago.

    • Patrick

      Thanks! What happened in Liberty? Vandalism?

      • aradiasilvermoon

        Yes back in 2010 vandals toppled or damaged over 200 stones in the Fairview/New Hope Cemetaries. It broke my heart when it happened but lots of volunteers helped to repair and reset damaged stones. There is also a historical cemetery at William Jewel College that is very interesting.

  • karen legate carter

    I’ve always loved Forest Grove Cemetery, it’s always held a special place in my heart and it breaks my heart and makes me so angry that some people can be so disrespectful!! I’m sure they wouldn’t want someone doing the same to their loved ones (or their) resting place. And the pole you asked if we knew what it was, I believe is a torch. I love all your pictures and look forward to many more.

    • Patrick Keller

      Thanks again, Karen. I have to say, Forest Grove looked pretty good when I was there last. I remember a few years earlier that wasn’t the case. Someone is taking good care of it. Of course, some damage is unfortunately very permanent… and I see that in every cemetery I visit. 🙁

  • Malia Brown

    Could Forest Grove possibly be a Negro cemetery? I thought someone told me that at one time. Lexington used to have a separate funeral home for whites and blacks. Green’s Funeral Home was out near 24th and Franklin or South Street. My dad was friends with Mr. Green but I can’t remember his full name. Just wasn’t sure if segregation meant separate cemeteries as well. Before my time.

  • Carey Sudduth

    One of your photos is the headstone of who would be my great great aunt Susan Carey. I am the great nephew of William and Callie Carey from whom I get my first name, Carey. We visit every Memorial Day and I have witnessed various conditions of Forest Grove for the past 50 years but I love it. It is my desire to be buried there when it is my time. I currently live in Kansas City. There will be 4 generations of Carey’s there in one form or another. I was surprised but very happy to see that others appreciate that special little place in the middle of nowhere.

    • Patrick Keller

      I was so very pleased to hear from you, Carey! I’ve heard that recently residents have visited to find it in much worse shape than it was on this visit a few years ago. Now that I have a new camera with new photography skills, the plan is to head back sometime next month to take more photos and share with the community. And hopefully it will bring attention to it all.

      It is very nice to know of a connection to one of my photos. 🙂 Thank you for visiting and commenting!

  • Lincoln Norles

    This is a awful disgrace to black people in this town some of my family member are laied to rest there and every year my dad 71yrs old William Norles Jr. and myself go out and cut the grass around our families grave site. There many,many black families who dont do this.therefore the earth has taken the cemtery back. In your photos where you see the tree line there are many Numerous graves back there. As far as the eye can see is what my dad has told me.He also told me He was in a embalmer when he was younger And he had been to many of the funerals out there.There’s a lot of lost history there no markings for graves broken headstonesThe ground is sinking year by year Eventually caskets will start coming to the top Of the surface Because in those days caskets weren’t required to be in vaults. Also all the burial records are gone I believe my father told me the caretaker at the time got and died and the chapel where the records where kept burnt down. It’s really a shame you all play games,laugh and joke about my people’s our poeples final resting place. We need help to try and restore some of our history and make the cemtery respectable again for the younger generation. If anyone out there has any suggestions on how to help us please e-mail me at thank you and god bless.

  • Judy Lindquist

    I, too, love Forest Grove Cemetery. I grew up in Lexington, and several friends are buried there. The care of this sacred place has been done by individuals over the last few years. Recently a group of 40 people from the (white) Methodist Church had a work party and really spruced things up. And the City of Lexington redid the road going through the cemetery. There is a group of us working to replace the fence. We are in the early stages, getting bids and planning our fundraising. But we hope to have everything finished by spring.

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