salem cemetery

Salem Cemetery is a beautiful, tranquil, and natural setting in a rural location northeast of Milford, Wisconsin. It is also a historic setting. The church buildings are gone, but the parishioners that lie in eternal rest in this sacred space date back to 1860.  

Salem Cemetery is available to serve not only the congregation of the

Lake Mills United Methodist Church but our extended families, friends, and the

general public who wish a setting such as this for their final resting place.

Salem Cemetery can accommodate your final wishes,

whether a traditional full burial or interment of cremains.

Our Mission:
Salem Cemetery is a non-profit organization that is owned and managed by the

Lake Mills United Methodist Church.

Our mission is to serve the Lake Mills and surrounding communities by providing a

beautiful and meaningful final resting place for all people. 

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die…” (Ecc. 3:1-2a)

A Historic Place...

In 1857, a fellowship known as the Evangelical Association began to grow in the Milford, Wisconsin area.

In 1860, with 80 members strong, the first of three church buildings to be erected on this site was completed. The congregation also experienced its first death and he was laid to rest on the far southeast end of the cemetery. 

In 1871, the first building was removed to raise a new larger worship space.

In 1920, the third church building to occupy this site was constructed.

In 1946, the Evangelical Association denomination merged with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ to become the Evangelical United Brethren Church (EUB).

In 1966, the EUB congregation of Milford merged with the Lake Mills EUB congregation and the building was closed.

In 1968, the EUB denomination merged with the Methodist denomination to become the United Methodist Church as we know it today.

In 1977, after suffering vandalism, the third and final church building was removed.


Salem Church 002  1920 - 1977
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PLan Ahead

Plan Ahead:

When it comes to your final arrangements, shouldn’t you make the decisions? 
• Preplanning for the end of our earthly lives provides peace of mind

and a way to continue to care for our family and friends, easing

their burden during a time of grief.

• Preplanning can also ensure your final wishes are fulfilled.

The arrangements you make will reflect your exact wishes and desires.

It will also alleviate any questions, problems or differences that can occur among family members.

• Preplanning, including payment, will protect you from rising costs along with easing the emotional and financial burdens on your loved ones. 

Example Only:

Future Columbarium

 A future goal of the Salem Cemetery caretakers is to install a columbarium for our clients.

A columbarium is a monument-type structure with multiple cubicles (niches) to house the cremains of yourself or loved ones. The structure of our choice would be constructed entirely of granite to ensure it lasts for eternity.

A columbarium does not require burial in the earth. It does not require an expensive headstone. A niche is purchased for a reasonable price. A nominal fee would also be required for engraving the name plate that permanently secures the niche holding the cremains of the loved one.

A columbarium inurnment could be the most economical of all three options available. This goal can only be realized if enough interest is shown in this columbarium option by either pre-purchasing a niche and/or outright donations for this expansion.


Salem Cemetery Sexton - Dan Hornickel

Question, Concerns or Inquiries

Thank you for considering Salem Cemetery.
Located at N6993 Church Road - Northeast of Milford, Wisconsin, 

between County Road A and County Road N

We are here to serve you!

To Learn more about the United Methodist Way and what we as a community stand for, please visit The People of United Methodist Church website!