Armstrong Cemetery covers over two acres in Indian Hill and is maintained by the Armstrong Chapel Cemetery Association. There are over 900 burials on the grounds with room for more. A columbarium is also located in the cemetery and has space available.
Ground plots or columbarium spaces may be purchased and detailed questions answered by contacting the cemetery manager through the church office (513-561-4220 or ).
About the Cemetery
The story of Old Armstrong Chapel and Cemetery is written on the streaked, eroded slate stones of the burying ground. Beneath these stones rest hands that carried rifles in the Revolution, reared cabins in the forest, cleared and planted fields, hands that helped bake the bricks in the nearby kiln and pegged timbers sawn in the Armstrong Family's own mill on the Little Miami.
June 22, 1830 marked the 30th anniversary of the Armstrong Family's arrival at Columbia Landing. Four days earlier, Nathaniel Armstrong went before a Justice of the Peace and secured a deed for one acre of land to provide a burying ground and a meeting house or place of worship for the use of ministers in the Methodist Episcopal Church.
The Cemetery of approximately two acres is composed of an old and new section with traditional stones and markers in the old section and flush markers in the new section. The new section also holds a columbarium with 48 niches for cremated remains.
Graves of Interest
The graves of the Armstrong’s and the Earhardt’s are the ones who founded the church in 1830.
The Finches sent sons to 4 wars from The Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, The Civil War and World War I.
Streets in Indian Hill and other areas bear the names of the Demar, Kugler, Keller and Muchmore families who are all buried in the Armstrong Cemetery.
Frank Finch planted trees around the Chapel and Cemetery 100 years ago and many are still standing.
Nurse Amie Demar Truesdell served with distinction in World War I.
Victor Heintz, Congressman and World War I hero helped form the Cincinnatus Association with its reform movement in City government.
Many victims of the flu epidemic of World War I are buried in unmarked graves in the south central part of the Cemetery.
Most of the people buried here are those who lived, loved and were loved, worked, raised families, voted, volunteered, served God and met God.
Memorial Day was probably first observed at Armstrong Chapel in the 1880s and was led by former Civil War Veteran, J.J. Ellinger. He conducted the ceremony with bands, speakers, flags and songs with a format not unlike the present observance. These Memorial Day remembrances have continued uninterrupted for nearly 120 years.
The Armstrong Cemetery Association hosts an annual Memorial Day service in the cemetery honoring veterans. The service is typically held on Memorial Day Monday at 10:30am.
Cemetery Rules and Regulations - Basic guidelines for grave maintenance.
Cemetery Map - Aerial View - A map outlining the main sections of the cemetery.
Locate a loved one
The list of loved ones interred in the Armstrong Cemetery is updated annually early in the year. Click the link to look up plot information. If you are unable to find your plot and are certain you or your family owns a plot in our cemetery contact the church office for further assistance. (561-4220).
Locate A Loved One - This is a list of people interred in the Armstrong Cemetery and the date of their interment, if available. Click the link to open a PDF file. With the document open, click CTRL - F (find) to open a serarch box and then enter the name you are seeking.
Findagrave.com This website provfides a capability to search for burial information and monument photos throughout the world. It does include over 700 memorials and over 50% with photos in the Armstrong Chapel Cemetery. Information on this site is not maintained by the Armstrong Chapel Cemetery Association.
Purchase of burial plot or burial niche may be arranged through the Cemetery Manager by calling the Armstrong Chapel church office located in The Jefferson Center across the street from the Cemetery (8300 Indian Hill Rd.; 513 561-4220). You may also reach the office by email at
All burial plots or niches are sold with perpetual care.
No scattering of cremated remains is permitted anywhere on the cemetery property.
Normally, Interment in a Grave or Niche is for a single use. Cremains may be buried on top of a casket, or two cremains may be interred in a single grave.
All Grave Interments shall be made in a cemetery-approved burial vault.
Prior to interment, the person of authority, usually a funeral home retained by the family, must contact the Cemetery Manager to:
Provide the deceased name, desired date of interment and interment services chosen (type of grave side service). Awnings, mats and chairs can be provided as requested.
The Cemetery manager then contacts a grave digger to arrange the date, appropriate site preparation and costs. In rare instances rain storms may leave grounds too soft for excavators and interment must be delayed. The Person of authority will be asked to acknowledge and confirm all costs and grave site arrangements.
A burial permit for each interment as required by the local governmental or public authority having jurisdiction of the matter must be presented to the Cemetery authorities before interment is completed. (Usually obtained by the chosen funeral home.)
At or prior to interment, all required Cemetery fee(s) shall be paid by check or cash. Contact the Cemetery manager for details on processing payment.
The Armstrong Chapel Cemetery is located at the corner of Drake and Indian Hill roads. The address is 5020 Drake Rd.
Click the map for directions.