Situated on 84 acres along the Washington Corridor, Glenwood Cemetery serves as a serene resting place for some of Houston’s most iconic residents. Among the ornate headstones are those of more than 20 mayors, past governors, oil tycoons and Howard Hughes—the famous aviator, engineer and movie director.
European landscape artist Alfred Whitaker designed the iconic site, which opened in 1871, molding the cemetery around the undulating hills created by Buffalo Bayou. Today, Glenwood draws families, the bereaved and the merely curious looking to reflect on the monuments and take in some of the most breathtaking views of Houston’s skyline.
The cemetery gates are open every day from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. When Daylight Savings Time is in effect, the gate closing is extended to sunset or 6:30 p.m., whichever is earlier.