Oriole Cemetery is the third oldest cemetery in Hernando County and was once part of the town of Oriole, a small phosphate mining settlement located in what is now the Withlacoochee State Forest. The town was located alongside a lake by the same name and was 1 1/4 miles from the Withlacoohee River.
It was settled in 1884 by J.A. Clarkson Jr. and had a population was about 100 people. The original deed of the cemetery reads:
Between Charles Giddens and Sally Giddens, his wife and Seth H. Giddens, Issac N. Talley, J. Frank Hall, Isaac Giddens and Mason Noble the lot hereto be used for burial purposes, lying southward from my house and more particulary described as follows, to wit-to be held in trust by said parties of the second part, and their successors, as a burial ground and for purposes of burial only.– the said parties of the second part having authority, in case of the death or resignation of any one of their number–such choice, the said parties of the second party to hold and exercise all rights usually belonging to trustees,-fence and care for said lot, to grant permission for burial therein, to assign place and location for such burial, etc.etc. containing one acre. To have and to hold said land and premises, with the appurtenances, to said parties of the second part and their successors forever. Signed on the 6th day of October 1890.
There are records indicating that the Oriole post office existed between 1884 and 1898, which is when many believe the town died out due to influenza. After the town’s demise, the Oriole Mining Company applied for permits and began mining the area around the Withlacoochee River and Croom Forest between 1912 and 1915.