Springwood Cemetery

Also known as: Elford Cemetery, Old Graveyard, Old Village Burial Ground
Main St. and Elford St., Greenville, South Carolina


Springwood Cemetery Gates

Photo taken by Michael Miller in July 2018



Street View 


Springwood Cemetery is locally significant for its association with a number of persons important to the early history and development of Greenville, and for its funerary art and distinctive landscape design which reflect the rural cemetery movement of the mid to late nineteenth century. The first burial in what would become Springwood occurred in 1812. Over the years Springwood has been known by various names including Elford Cemetery, the Old Graveyard and the Old Village Burial Ground. Springwood features a formal, planned design. A series of winding paved roads run throughout the cemetery and dissect it into several sections labeled chronologically from A to T. Sections dating from the mid to late nineteenth century feature circular and semi-circular walks designed by Gottfried L. Norrman, a landscape architect inspired by the rural cemetery movement. According to survey completed in 1978, the plots contain approximately 7,700 marked graves. It is estimated that another 2,600 unmarked burials are located in the cemetery. Gravemarker types and materials vary dramatically from natural fieldstones to raised brick tombs to elaborate Victorian monuments to Greek peristyles and sculptures to contemporary marble headstones. The variety and style of monuments reflects the long history of the cemetery as well as the socio-economic diversity of those buried there. Listed in the National Register October 4, 2005. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 4, 2005
Reference number
Areas of significance
Community Planning and Development; Art; Landscape Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1825-1849; 1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant years
1812; 1829; 1876

Update Log 

  • October 15, 2018: New photos from Michael Miller
  • July 3, 2018: New photo from Michael Miller
  • September 15, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Imported Photo
  • September 15, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller