Welcome to The Lancaster Cemetery website-your gateway to comprehensive information on our cemetery’s services, activities, organization, history, and genealogy!
Richly steeped in history and beauty, The Lancaster Cemetery is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, traditional cemetery that has been serving the greater Lancaster, Pennsylvania, community since 1847. With its park-like setting, covering over 20 acres, The Lancaster Cemetery is a place of solace and quiet meditation and a lasting memorial to friends, family, and loved ones who have preceded us in death. Despite its maturity and popularity, The Lancaster Cemetery still has available for purchase many traditional plots and numerous spaces in our memorial garden.
The Lancaster Cemetery is especially significant for the high art of its many exquisitely carved Victorian gravestones and for the many prominent individuals interred here, including (to name a few) Charles Demuth, early twentieth-century modernist artist; John F. Reynolds, noted Civil War general killed at the Battle of Gettysburg; Jonathan M. Foltz, Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy; and James P. Wickersham, educator and founder of the Millersville Normal School, now Millersville University.
The Lancaster Cemetery has been designated a Heritage Resource through the Lancaster County Heritage Program and a local historic landmark by the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County.
Whether you live in the Lancaster area or value cemeteries as important historical resources worthy of preservation, we invite you to partner with us by volunteering to undertake a service project or help out at one of our events, by joining the board of trustees, or by making a donation. You can make a positive difference.
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