St. Barnabas was the first church to use the cemetery in 1884, a date which paints a picture of how secluded these stones would've been from the rest of town at the time. This replaced a small plot directly behind the church. Reading the grave stones is a bit shocking when you realize how many children are buried at the site. Combine this with the aged stones, some of which are badly cracked, have fallen over, or sit behind severely rusted gates, and it's difficult not to feel like you're on the set of a horror film. Everything seems staged given that much of it is comfortably over 100 years old without any modern additions.
The old Hillside Cemetery has been preserved almost in a state of limbo. It's not a park to picnic in, and yet it hasn't been an active cemetery for over 60 years. Aside from being a great place to tell ghost stories on Halloween, I think it's best left to the deer that enjoy wandering through and those who might be curious about some of the city's first residents.