Up until the 1880s, the people of Orlando had no permanent burial location, leading to many lost graves and confusion. After a heady newspaper campaign, by publisher Mahlon Gore, eight Orlando residents pulled together to buy 26 acres of land from John W. Anderson. A total of $1,800 was paid by: I.P. Wescott, C.A. Boone, James K. Duke, J.H. Livingston, Nat Poyntz, W.R. Anno, James Delaney and Samuel A. Robinson. The original layout of Greenwood Cemetery was designed by Samuel A. Robinson.
Today, Greenwood Cemetery is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. Its operations are directed by Alana C. Brenner, City Clerk, as provided for in City Code, Title II Chapter 16 – Cemeteries and Burials.
Some of Greenwood’s better known residents include: