The Madera Cemetery District was formed by the vote of local residents and property owners in 1945. It currently maintains five cemeteries and is one of the largest public cemetery districts in the State of California providing a beautiful final resting-place for those qualifying district residents and their families.
Two cemeteries were included in the formation of the district. One formed in 1885 by the Ladies Social Aid Society of Madera-Fresno County known as the Arbor Vitae Cemetery. The second formed in 1889 was given to the District in 1946 by the Roman Catholic Monterey-Fresno Diocese. It is known as Calvary Cemetery.
In 1875 baby Frankie Nichols, died at the age of eight months in Fresno Flats. There was no cemetery nearby, so his father chose a beautiful site on an oak covered hill and dug the first grave for his small son. Now known as Oakhill Cemetery in Oakhurst it has been under the umbrella of MCD since 1955.
In North Fork the U. S. Forest Service issued a land-use permit for a 30-acre cemetery site in 1910. In 1957 upon the request of the North Fork community and the U. S. Forest Service, the North Fork Cemetery was included into the Madera Cemetery District.
The Woodsmen of the World started a pioneer cemetery in Raymond in 1905. It was incorporated into Madera County in 1928 and the Raymond Cemetery became part of the District in 1953
MCD is able to provide a beautiful, park like setting, some with gently sloping hills for a very reasonable price as compared to private cemeteries. Our operating budget is subsidized by property taxes paid by district residents and property owners. We offer many services and will be happy to answer any questions you may have concerning “pre-need” and “at-need” arrangements.
As a Special District of the State of California, the Madera Cemetery District is a public cemetery established by the voters of the Madera-Raymond area in 1946; expanded to the Coarsegold-Oakhurst area in 1955 and to the Madera County area of North Fork in 1957.
All cemetery gates shall be closed to vehicle access from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 A.M. If the gates are closed during daylight hours the turnstiles can be used for public access. The cemetery is closed to the public after dusk.
For additional information please contact the main office at Arbor Vitae Cemetery- (559) 674-8826. Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 Noon, 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.