Overview & History
Evergreen Burial Park, the foundational property of today’s Evergreen Memorial Trust, was established in Roanoke County in 1916. Roanoke City later annexed that portion of the county and developed the land around the cemetery. Evergreen’s popularity was established from the start. The cemetery expanded from in-ground burial, to include private and public mausoleum entombment. When the Fern Cliff Abby Mausoleum neared its capacity, Evergreen constructed the Chapel of Light, which includes an attractive interior space for services, as well as interior and exterior entombment crypts and niches.
In 1984, the proprietors of Evergreen Development Company, Inc. acquired Mountain View Memorial Park in Boones Mill, Virginia, in adjacent Franklin County. In 2012, a portion of this property was set aside and platted as Forest Rest Natural Cemetery, the only “green” cemetery in the surrounding region.
In 2009, Evergreen acquired Green Hill Mausoleum in Rockbridge County, north of Roanoke, located in the Green Hill Cemetery operated by the City of Buena Vista.
In November, 2012, Mountain View Cemetery in Vinton, Virginia, just east of Roanoke, joined the Evergreen family.
With the addition of its new properties, Evergreen Development Corporation adopted the name Evergreen Memorial Trust to help the public identify its various locations as part of the same established and trusted providers of afterlife care.
Evergreen: A Century of Service is a story about Roanoke and the people who created our local, regional, national, and yes, even world history. It is a story that spans more than 100 years when you consider the lifespans of the history makers. So as you read this book and peruse the antique photographic images, we hope that you will find it to be a tribute to the history of Evergreen Burial Park and that of Roanoke, Virginia. And a tribute to the prominent business owners, the men who founded Evergreen Development Company, the men and women who grew the business, and in the process, shaped Roanoke as we know it today.
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