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A Brookside Cemetery Milestone

A lot of people know that Brookside was started in 1853, with 282 bodies transferred from the former cemetery downtown that is now Elliot Park. But do you know how many burials we currently have? On a cold, quiet day in January, we interred our 10,000th resident. Obviously, there were no celebrations, the family may not have even known that they had that distinct honor, and there was a reason for this. All of our families are treated with the same dignity and care, whether they are the 1,000th or 10,000th.

For generations, Brookside Cemetery has taken care of the citizens of Tecumseh and the surrounding area. What sets this cemetery apart from many others is the quaint, tranquil, park-like setting that makes people feel comfortable being here, comfortable enough to ride their bike, rollerblade, walk or simply sit and enjoy the solitude. The staff at Brookside Cemetery encourages residents to enjoy the grounds, and keep just a few things in mind.

Brookside Cemetery is one of the few public outdoor spaces in Tecumseh that is a no pet zone; please keep that in mind as you take your daily stroll with your family pet.  We also remind you to keep your vehicle speed at an absolute minimum for the safety of everyone using the grounds.  Many people are here honoring their ancestors and loved ones; the last thing on their mind is vehicle traffic.  Lastly, if you notice individuals mistreating the grounds please let us know.  Our staff takes great pride in maintaining this wonderful space.  Report vandalism and damage by contacting Superintendent Dan Righter at 517-423-3632 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Brookside Cemetery has been here for 159 years and with your help and respect it can remain the dignified, peaceful haven that has been chosen by over 10,000 families as the final resting place for their loved ones, as well as a place where people can come and observe nature, take a stroll, reflect and be at peace with the universe for generation upon generation to come.

Monuments

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Monuments and markers must be granite or cut stone from a recognized monument quarry.

Standard bronze markers may be used above ground level if attached to a granite or concrete base.

Gravesite Purchase

Gravesites, Mausoleum crypts, and Columbarium niches are available for purchase during normal business hours.

Flowers and Trees

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Flowers are welcome, with the permission of the Cemetery Superintendent. The planting of trees and shrubs is prohibited except as approved by the Cemetery Superintendent.

Placing of individual pots in the ground is prohibited;

however, one pot or urn may be placed at each grave in line with the monument or marker.

No glass containers will be allowed.

Staked flowerpot holders are allowed with permission.

Flowers must be cared for by the family members or caretakers of the lot.

Flowers will NOT be maintained by the Brookside Cemetery staff.

  • Spring and summer flowers and decorations may be placed after May 15th each year and must be removed by October 1st for fall cleanup.
  • Winter flowers and decorations may be placed after November 15th and must be removed by April 1st for spring cleaning.

Water outlets are located throughout the Cemetery for plant watering.

Pets are not allowed in Brookside Cemetery.

Cemetery History

Brookside Cemetery dates back to 1853, when the land was purchased from William H. Hoag.

The first burial here was on August 13, 1853, for Valentine Ream. The City's original burial ground was located at the corner of South Ottawa and East Kilbuck Streets, now the site of Elliot Park and the Scout Cabin. The 282 bodies originally interned there were moved to Brookside over a 10-year period, commencing in 1853.

Tecumseh's first sexton was John McConnell, who began his tenure in 1839, at the original cemetery and then oversaw the move to Brookside. Many of Tecumseh's first settlers rest in Brookside, among them Joseph Brown and his family, and Abi Evans, wife of Musgrove Evans, and two of their children.


Postcard Courtesy of Ashley Chase, Tecumseh, MI

Among the historical artifacts in Brookside is the stone vault near Evans Creek.

First serving as winter storage for upcoming spring burials, it is now used for miscellaneous storage. Future plans call for rehabilitation of this building. The Civil War monument now located in Brookside was originally built in 1882, and was located in Monument Square, which is now the site of the Tecumseh Public Library. It was moved to Brookside around 1928.

The stone Mausoleum was built in 1913. It features two stained glass windows, one set in a transom over the double door entry. These windows are registered with the Michigan Stained Glass Census. The Stacey Memorial Arch, located at the main entrance to Brookside, was built in 1915. The 40-foot long granite arch weighs 8-tons and was a gift from Gertrude & George H. Stacy, co-editor of the Tecumseh Herald.

"Cemeteries are not so much for the dead as they are for the living, and the headstones and monuments in them help us to remember those who came before us"

- Author Unknown
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