In the year 2000, Evergreen’s fate took a turn when the State Department of Consumer Affairs revised operational policies for cemeteries. The Cemetery Association was prohibited from using funds from plots purchased after 1932 to maintain plots purchased prior to that date.
No longer supported, the historic section of Evergreen fell into ruin and the esteemed individuals, including many of Riverside’s founders, were threatened with oblivion.
Several members of Riverside’s community leadership rallied to revive this place of repose. This group, incorporated now as Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery, has redressed a large part of Evergreen’s neglect. A new energetic hope has infused the community. And now we need your help to complete this endeavor, so that Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery will remain “Evergreen Forever.”