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Historic Burial Grounds

Old First German Reformed Church, United Church of Christ

 

—Founded 1727 —

 
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By Nate Davidson, June 29, 2014
1. Historic Burial Grounds Marker
Inscription. In this easterly portion of Franklin Square between the years 1741-1835 many faithful members and five beloved pastors of Old First Reformed Church, United Church of Christ, were buried. While a number of the graves were moved when the City of Philadelphia reclaimed the park area for recreational purposes many graves and their stone markers remain beneath these present grounds and walkways. This plaque is placed here that future generations might remember those here buried and honor these sacred grounds.

Pastors buried in Franklin Square
Rev. John Conrad Steiner, 1762,
Dr. Caspar Dietrich Weyberg, 1790,
Rev. Michael Schlatter, 1790,
Rev. John Herman Winkhaus, 1793,
Dr. William Hendel, 1798.

"Around these leaders of the Lord's host far and near a silent congregation now sleep thousands of those to whom they once ministered they Holy Ordinances of the Church, and the precious instructions and consolations of the Gospel."

Presented by the Congregation of Old First Reformed Church, United Church of Christ, Fourth and Race Sts., Philadelphia, PA. on the 251st Anniversary, September 24, 1978.

H. Daehler Hayes, Pastor Owen L. Fox, Presient Dr. John C. Shetler, Conference Minister
 
Erected 1978 by Congregation of Old First Reformed Church, United Church of

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By Nate Davidson, June 29, 2014
2. Historic Burial Grounds
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Location. 39° 57.333′ N, 75° 9.014′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Race Street. Click for map. Marker is in Franklin Square. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19107, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ralph Modjeski (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pennsylvania Hall (about 500 feet away); First African Baptist Church Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); First United States Mint (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Barrymores (approx. 0.2 miles away); Benjamin Smith Barton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .  Old First Reformed UCC History. (Submitted on November 29, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.Colonial Era
 
Fountain at Franklin Park image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, June 29, 2014
3. Fountain at Franklin Park
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By Nate Davidson, June 29, 2014
4. Carousel - Franklin Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 214 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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