Stearns Cemetery was created in 1857 and is operated by the non-profit Wagner Creek Cemetery Association. As of June 1, 2011, the cemetery has been officially proclaimed a “Historic Cemetery.”
In August of 1889 W.J. Dean, along with Welborn Beeson and trustees John Abbott and Ern Purves, laid out the Stearns Cemetery on a hillside west of Talent. The cemetery was created in 1857 when Judge Avery P. Stearns was buried near “Uncle David Stearn’s wheat field.”
The cemetery is still active today.