The historic McFarland Cemetery is one of the oldest pioneer cemeteries in Cottage Grove. Established by James and Polly McFarland in 1863 with the death of their teenage daughter, Amanda, it is now nestled among huge cedars on the north east corner of Mt. David.
The McFarland family owned the pastureland where the cemetery first developed. The land was part of their 640 acre donation land claim of 1853.
There are over 40 grave sites in the cemetery. People buried there include many members of the McFarland family as well as their friends and neighbors. Many of these people were pioneers who came to Cottage Grove by wagon train as did the McFarland's. There are also four Native American people of the Kalapuya tribe buried in the cemetery. These people were friends of the McFarland's as well.
The CG Historical Society acquired the cemetery from Lane County several years ago and is in the process of raising money to have a secure fence built around it's grounds. Unfortunately, there has been ongoing vandalism inside the cemetery that will require extensive restoration efforts.
The Society is hopeful that enough money can be raised to first build a secure fence and motion light before starting actual restoration of graves and headstones. A partial grant was recently acquired from the Oregon Commission for Historic Cemeteries. This grant will allow the Society to build part of the fence required to secure the cemetery from future vandalism.
If you are interested in making a donation towards McFarland Cemetery restoration efforts, please call Alice Christianson at 541-942-2656. Your donation is greatly appreciated and is also tax deductible.