One of the most historic places in the small town of Holly Springs, Mississippi, is Hill Crest Cemetery. For over a century, Hill Crest has become the final resting place for many a town folk, including U.S. Confederate Army Generals, Senators and famous painters.
“A precious one from us has gone, a voice we loved is stilled, a place is vacant in our home, which never can be filled.”
It all began when one of the very first residents of Holly Springs, William S. Randolph, donated 24 acres to begin the cemetery. Mr. Randolph was one of the earliest settlers and founders of Holly Springs.
Known as the “Little Arlington of the South,” Hill Crest Cemetery is home to five graves belonging to U.S. Confederate Army Generals. A monument honoring the Confederate dead has also been erected in their honor. Many other veterans, that served in later wars such as the Korean War or Vietnam, are also a part of Hill Crest Cemetery. Many times there will be a coin left on a soldier’s grave. This is meant as a message to the deceased soldier’s family. Leaving a nickel means that you were in boot camp with the deceased, a dime means that you served together, and a quarter means that you were with the deceased when he was killed. This is such a powerful yet silent message.
Other notable residents of Hill Crests include Wall Doxey, a United States Senator and Congressman, Kate Freeman Clark, a famous painter and Hiram Rhodes Revels, who on February 25, 1870 became the first African American elected to the United States Senate representing Mississippi.
Hill Crest is a beautiful cemetery booming with history. The grass and shrubbery is always groomed perfectly. It is a great place to learn about our past generations or just sit and gather your thoughts. Whether you are a tourist or a resident, Hill Crest is a must when in Holly Springs, Mississippi.