Cemeteries and National Register

How can I place an Arkansas cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places?

Cemeteries are not normally eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places as they serve primarily as a means of an individual's recognition of family history and as expressions of collective religious and/or ethnic identities. Because cemeteries may embody values beyond personal or family-specific emotions, the National Register criteria allow for listing of cemeteries only under certain conditions.

Click here, to find out more detailed information about the National Register listing process.

A cemetery is eligible if at least 51 percent of the markers are 50 years old or older and it derives its primary significance from one of the following criteria:

  • Contains graves of persons of transcendent importance (of great eminence in their field of endeavor or had a great impact upon the history of their community, state, or nation) 
  • Or from its relative age in a particular geographic or cultural context (example: oldest cemetery associated with a town or community's original settlement period) 
  • Or from distinctive design features
  • Or from association with historic events.

The first step in determining if a cemetery is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places is completing our Determination of Eligibility Cemetery Form.

Determination of Eligibility for Cemeteries Determination of Eligibility for Cemeteries (1066 KB)

Presbyterian Cemetery