This nomination by Bill Shepherd, one of the original members of the AFHTP planning committee, includes six identified notable trees (oaks, pines, and magnolia), in the four-square block area cemetery (c 1843) located in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. Mt. Holly is the oldest existing cemetery in Little Rock and frequently referred to as the “Westminster Abbey of Arkansas” because it is the resting place of many notable Arkansans such as eleven state governors, fourteen supreme court justices, five Confederate Generals, twenty-two City mayors, several newspaper editors, military heroes, physicians and attorneys and many other prominent citizens. The history of the city and the state can be gleamed by the lives of the occupants of the cemetery. The earliest birth date recorded at the cemetery is that of Peter LeFevre, in 1750 and the first interment was of William Cummins in April 1843.
The cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is recognized as an Arkansas Famous and Historic Tree for its association with significant persons (notable Arkansans) and a significant landmark (oldest city cemetery, national register site) in a local, state or national region with a secondary listing as a tree community that has the potential to yield significant cultural information in a local, state or national history (i.e., notable Arkansans, City‟s history).
The notable trees were identified on a cemetery map and listed as:
1. Jacobi Post Oak (Quercus stellata)
2. Southwest Corner Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda)
3. Ashley Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
4. Scott Cherrybark Oak (Quercus pagoda)
5. Folsom Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda)
6. General Nelson Cherrybark Oak (Quercus pagoda)
Location: Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock
Registration: May 18, 2007
Species: White Oak