Greenwood Cemetery is located in Petoskey, Michigan overlooking Little Traverse Bay.
Greenwood is a perpetual care municipal cemetery serving the City of Petoskey, Bear Creek Township and Resort Township and the surrounding area. Because it is a municipal cemetery we serve anyone who may choose Greenwood as the final resting place for their loved ones.
The Cemetery was established on land purchased by William Little in his position as Supervisor of Bear Creek Township. William was also Petoskey's first doctor and shortly following the purchase of the cemetery property became the first burial on the land he had purchased. He died at age 33 and was buried here with his son Willie. Willie had passed away two years earlier and been buried in Reed City. He was moved here and buried on the family lot with his father. The Cemetery was incorporated by an act of the Michigan State Legislature in 1897, becoming the cemetery for Bear Creek Township, the City of Petoskey and Resort Township.
The rolling hills and wooded areas cover over 90 acres - many of those acres with a view of Little Traverse Bay. Greenwood shares this beautiful habitat with whitetail deer, turkeys, rabbits, squirrels and other wildlife.
The Board and staff of Greenwood Cemetery take great pride in the work they do by providing a special place for family and friends to remember their loved ones. The cemetery is a place where everyone can connect with their ancestors, reflect on the many community founders, meditate or spend time walking through the well-maintained, beautiful grounds.
In that state shaped like a mitten, On the little finger side, Nestled in a peaceful valley, Facing on the bay so wide, Is a shining little city: Place of beauty, health and fame. Ah! I see you're getting curious Would you like to know its name?
Land of million-dollar sunsets, Sportsman's paradise and more, The hay fever patient's haven, Place the weary are looking for. There the water's pure and sparkling, Air is fresh; clear as a bell, Hillsides are thickly wooded Casting shade in nook and dell. You may look the wide world over, Not another will you find, Not another like this city. It's a gem that can't be mined.
In that state shaped like a mitten, On the little finger side, Nestled in a peaceful valley, Facing on the bay so wide, Is a shining little city That is known from coast to coast. Our very own Petoskey Is the place of which I boast.
Ithyl Ayers (The Petoskey Evening News, 1921)