Fernhill Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum

1501 South Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994 | 772-283-6246 | MAP

History of Fernhill Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum
Fernhill Cemetery was created in1905 when Stuart, Fla., was still a small settlement with only a handful of permanent settlers. Pineapples were king, and winter tourists had discovered the pristine and fertile fishing grounds of the St. Lucie River. The need for a cemetery had become prevalent, as more and more burials were taking place in small family plots on scattered homesteads.

There are two different versions of how the cemetery came to be. Ethel Porter, an early settler and former trustee of the cemetery, has attributed the idea of creating a cemetery to “Uncle” Broster Kitching. Yet Mrs. A.T. (Aldema) Hogarth gives credit to her father-in-law, Captain Thomas Hogarth. There is no doubt that both men contributed to the creation of the cemetery.

On November 18, 1905, charter members attended a meeting of the Stuart Cemetery Association where Charles W. McPherson, Byron G. Ball and Curt Schroeder were elected as cemetery trustees. Broster Kitching acted as treasurer, a position he continued until his death in 1915. Bylaws of the association were drawn up and the trustees were instructed to proceed with the purchase of land. On April 4, 1921 the association members met and the cemetery was incorporated.

Hogarth submitted the name Fern Hill because of the abundance of beautiful ferns that lined the banks of Poppleton Creek, and the fact that her father-in-law, Capt. Thomas Hogarth, was the first “official” burial on the hill above.

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