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Willistown Township in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Duffy’s Cut Mass Grave

 
 
Duffy’s Cut Mass Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2008
1. Duffy’s Cut Mass Grave Marker
Inscription.  Nearby is the mass grave of fifty-seven Irish immigrant workers who died in August, 1832, of cholera. They had recently arrived in the United States and were employed by a construction contractor, named Duffy, for the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad. Prejudice against Irish Catholics contributed to the denial of care to the workers. Their illness and death typified the hazards faced by many 19th century immigrant industrial workers.
 
Erected 2004 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable Events. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1832.
 
Location. 40° 2.01′ N, 75° 31.772′ W. Marker is in Willistown Township, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker is at the intersection of W King Road and Sugartown Road, on the right when traveling west on W King Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 36 Sugar Ridge Ln, Malvern PA 19355, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Duffy’s Cut Mass Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, October 11, 2011
2. Duffy’s Cut Mass Grave Marker
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of this marker. Revolutionary War Patriots (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the Paoli Massacre (approx. half a mile away); The Paoli Memorial Association (approx. half a mile away); Massacre Farm / 19th Century House (approx. half a mile away); Malvern Memorial Parade (approx. 0.6 miles away); Malvern Area World War I Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Paoli Veterans Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Malvern World War II Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Secrets of mass grave revealed. The BBC website's article on the recent discovery by researchers from Immaculata University in Philadelphia of what is believed to be the long-lost mass grave. The story is illustrated with a shot of the historical marker. (Submitted on March 27, 2009.) 

2. Duffy's Cut Mass Grave - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 14, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

3. Wikipedia entry for Duffy's Cut. (Submitted on December 27, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Duffy's Cut Project. (Submitted on December 27, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
5. With Shovels and Science, a Grim Story Is Told. New York Times article on excavation of mass grave, including a photo of the marker. (Submitted on March 25, 2013, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Marker on W King Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2008
3. Marker on W King Road
Duffy’s Cut Mass Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2008
4. Duffy’s Cut Mass Grave Marker
Malvern Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, October 11, 2011
5. Malvern Town Marker
It is accross the street from the Duffy’s Cut Mass Grave Marker. They are unique to Pennsylvania and are called Keystone Markers. Not very many remain and they are no longer maintened by the Department of Transportation.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 4,567 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   2. submitted on October 12, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on November 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   5. submitted on October 12, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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