A place to celebrate memories
From across the country and around the world, people from all walks of life come to Greenwood Cemetery to search, to ponder or to wander. Some come to find an ornament missing from the family tree, or to discover the final resting place of relatives they never met. Others come to honor fallen comrades, or loved ones gone too soon. Some come simply to walk again the halls of history. Come to Greenwood. Walk the gentle slopes of yesterday. Look up...look around...stretch your eyes, your soul. Let the wind in the trees whisper peace to a troubled heart. Let the raindrops mask tears. Let the warmth of the sun help you smile again. Then go, and live more fully.
A Bit About Us
We enjoy the quiet rural setting of Greenwood Cemetery, and the visitors who endure the tales of an Irish storyteller. The smiles of a Scots lassie set many at ease, even in the difficult days that bring them to the cemetery. Teachers by training and cemeterians by experience, we have served local families and global visitors for more than three decades, helping both the sorrowing and the searching. Lending an ear, sharing a hug or a cuppa, as a couple we have worked together to meet the cemetery-related needs, as well as emotional or spiritual needs, of those who come to Greenwood.
We work together to care for the cemetery and see ourselves as stewards of the area's story written on over a century of stones. If we can help in time of grief, or with pre-planning services, cemetery property or memorial stones, please let us know. We look forward to meeting you.
~Michael and Lynda Leamy
Help Save the Past!
Greenwood Cemetery has been awarded a grant from the OR Commission on Historic Cemeteries to repair, restore, and clean aging, vintage monuments. Gravesite monuments allow future generations a glimpse into the past. By restoring these monuments, we preserve treasures of information that would otherwise soon be lost or forgotten.
Let's work together as a community to show respect for the past and to benefit future generations. Sign up to volunteer today!
There are meaningful jobs for every skill level and age group... this is a wonderful opportunity to learn about and be a part of the project of restoring monuments in the oldest and most historic portion of Greenwood Cemetery.
If you or your group are interested in the preservation and restoration efforts of this historic cemetery, contact us and we will build the schedule for the project. We need your help!
For more information about this important project, please click on the video below.
Greenwood Cemetery at a Glance
Listen below to the one-minute radio spots Michael Leamy recorded in 2020, each featuring a unique 'backward glance' into the cemetery's history.
Greenwood Cemetery was established in 1891. It occupies a part of a donation land claim whose documentation was signed by President Ulysses S. Grant. The 30-acre cemetery lies on a knoll overlooking Young's Bay, and gives a panoramic view of the valley and surrounding hills, with views of the mouth of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean.
Greenwood is a historic pioneer cemetery, as are all Clatsop County cemeteries. It was founded during the waning years of the Rural Cemetery Movement with its emphasis on the romance of rustication, and now the grounds offer an opportunity to enjoy bird watching, quiet strolls, and the chance to watch wildlife including deer, elk, the occasional coyote, and the smaller creatures like rabbits and squirrels.