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Carved in Stone, Cast in Metal, Final Tributes, Sad Farewells
Compiled by Gail Ashbrook

Carved in Stone, Cast in Metal, Final Tributes, Sad Farewells is a collection of selected epitaphs gathered from tombstones in the cemeteries in Hot Springs. The 77-page softcover gives an alphabetical list of interesting epitaphs and many photographs of epitaphs as they are seen on the grave markers. The book also contains photographs of the compilers and researchers at work, as well as markers of interest, scenes around the cemetery grounds, and the beautiful trees which grace cemeteries in Hot Springs. Gail Ashbrook and Elizabeth C. Davis, with the help of Lana Donoho and Joe Thomas, compiled this book because so many individuals have expressed an interest in epitaphs. It is not a history or guide book, but rather a collection of thoughts and poems found on local cemetery monuments interspersed with intriguing photographs.

$12 ($16 if mailed)

 
 

Hollywood Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions 2002
Compiled by Gail Ashbrook

Hollywood, the oldest cemetery in Hot Springs, was used as a burial ground prior to the Civil War. In 1988 the Hot Springs Funeral Home and the Hollywood Cemetery Preservation Association began a joint effort to restore the badly overgrown cemetery, and in 1989, the company began a massive cleanup; existing records were put in order for reference of the staff, and the company made plans for the development of the New Hollywood Cemetery Annex. The first interments in the new section began in the year 2000. As is common with many older cemeteries, the earliest records of interments and purchasers of plots are missing. This book was published in 1968 by Bobbie Jones McLane and Inez Cline and was updated in 2002 by Gail Ashbrook, who cataloged all the tombstones. The book, with an alphabetical index, lists all of the existing markers, section by section, with maps to help locate a particular cemetery plot.

$22 (plus $5 postage and handling). Pub200

 
 

Greenwood Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions 2005
Compiled by Gail Ashbrook, Elizabeth C. Davis, Computer Consultant

Greenwood was organized as a cemetery company in 1882, when it began listing interments, but some of the earliest markers in Greenwood date to the 1870s. Gail Ashbrook copied and catalogued all existing tombstones and photographed some of the most distinctive stones. The book, with an alphabetical index, lists all of the markers existing as of 2005, section by section, with maps to help locate a particular cemetery plot.

$32 (plus $5 postage and handling). Pub700

 
 

Friendship Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions 2007
Compiled by Gail Ashbrook, Lana Donoho, and Elizabeth C. Davis

The acquisition of land and the first interments in Friendship Cemetery (which was planned with the African American community in mind) took place in the early 1920s. Several pages of photographs and historical notes make this a very attractive and interesting volume. A map section and an alphabetical index complement the block by block, row by row inscription list, compiled by Ashbrook in 2007. There is an epitaph section, as well. Because older temporary markers are damaged or missing, the 1969 list of markers, compiled by Inez Cline and Bobbie Jones McLane, is included along with a list of temporary markers placed in Friendship by Page Mortuary and a list of markers made by Hot Springs Monument Company which were delivered to Friendship.

$12 (plus $5 postage and handling). Pub1100

 
 

Calvary Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions 2006
Compiled by Gail Ashbrook and Elizabeth C. Davis

The land for Calvary Cemetery was purchased in 1881, but tombstones of early Irish immigrants who settled in Hot Springs and became members of the first Catholic parish here are dated starting in the 1870s. There are numerous unmarked graves in the oldest block. This cemetery of crosses contains many handsome older tombstones skillfully inscribed with Catholic religious symbols and interesting epitaphs. The Church of St. Mary of the Springs manages the cemetery.

This book includes captioned photographs, a brief history, information about unreadable inscriptions, and information about the meaning of symbols depicted on markers. A map section and an alphabetical index complement the block by block, row by row inscription list, making a user-friendly reference work.

$20 (plus $5 postage and handling). Pub1300

 
 

Jewish Rest Cemetery and Beth Jacob Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions 2006
Compiled by Gail Ashbrook and Elizabeth C. Davis

The land for Jewish Rest (at the intersection of Summer Street and Albert Pike) was purchased in 1867 with the oldest existing tombstones dating from the 1870s. A stroll through this long, rectangular cemetery with its many shade trees and nandina bushes is a peaceful experience. From any of several benches, one can read the inscribed names of businessmen whose names have been familiar to several generations of local residents. Hebrew inscriptions cover older tombstones, leaving just enough space for names and dates in English. Recent markers have a line or two inscribed in Hebrew. Symbols which can be traced back to Old Testament times are both interesting and inspirational.

Jewish Rest and Beth Jacob cemetery are both managed by Congregation House of Israel. Beth Jacob is on Highway 7, four miles past the junction of Highways 5 and 7. Since the land was purchased in the mid-1940s, there have been approximately fifty interments, using four rows with a footpath.

The book contains maps, inscription lists by block and row, alphabetical indexes, an epitaph section, and a section with captioned photographs and brief notes.

$15 (plus $5 postage and handling). Pub1400

 
 

To purchase any of the above publications, use the Paypal button or send a check or money order payable to the Garland County Historical Society to:

  • Garland County Historical Society
  • Post Office Box 21335
  • Hot Springs, Arkansas 71903-1335