Oriole Cemetery is the third oldest cemetery in Hernando County and was once part of the town of Oriole, a small 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.

Oriole Cemetery | Photo © 2017 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com


  1. Never thought I’d see something like this in Florida of all places. Looks like a creepy graveyard in the middle of a dense, empty, and silent forest. Can’t wait to see even more pics of abandoned places here Bullet, keep it up!

  2. Neat graveyard loved the post thanks again

  3. Love abandoned cemetery shots so much! Thanks for this one; some really compelling photos.

  4. Would be nice if someone could try clean it up out of respect. Sad that they are left without care.

  5. Absolutely stunning photos, Bullet. You captured the emotion of the place so nicely.

    • Thank you :) It’s sad to see how young many are buried here, but I guess that was normal back then.

      • Where my grandparents are buried who passed in the 70s and 80s, there are eleven child graves all around them. Some were just days old, others only a few years old, and the rest in their teens. The little “mini” graves of the infants are the most heartbreaking. If I remember correctly, they date from between the 1880s to the 1910s. I find it heart warming the people who visited these child graves took made the effort to come back and leave stuffed animals at their graves.

  6. Was that an error on the gravestone of Little Delly Joe born Nov.29,1896 died Oct.3, 1883? Or am I reading it wrong?

  7. the spring hill cemetary in Brooksville fl. is another awesome graveyard. great history behind it. I have been there a few times and I swear it is haunted.

  8. Ive been here and it is in the middle of . I found it hiking. About 2 miles in the Forrest off a main highway. It also has a set of stairs that go nowhere.