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Harrisburg Cemetery

 
 
Harrisburg Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 30, 2008
1. Harrisburg Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Here is established Harrisburg's oldest and largest Cemetery and final resting place of many noted individuals of national, state and local importance in all walks of life. Chartered in 1845, the Cemetery was created just outside the limits of the then-Borough of Harrisburg on the rural bluff of what would be later known as Allison Hill. It became evident that a new cemetery, properly situated as a tribute to Harrisburg's by-gone generations, was required to fulfill the need to relocate graves from the older churchyard cemeteries downtown that were being replaced by the increased demand for new building construction. In 1845, the Carpenter Gothic-styled caretaker's house was completed and remains to this day in its original form with floor plan in the sign of a cross. Dead from all American Wars, including the Revolutionary War and Civil War, as well as Confederate prisoners from the Battle of Gettysburg who died in Harrisburg hospitals, are reposed here. The Cemetery is also the final resting place of four Pennsylvania Governors, most of the Mayors of Harrisburg, a number of United States Senators and U.S. Congressmen and many of Harrisburg's famous merchants, business leaders, bankers, lawyers and judges. Well known names such as Cameron, Olmsted, Kunkel, McCormick, Kelker, Muench, Verbeke, Reily and McFarland are all interred here.
Caretaker's House image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 30, 2008
2. Caretaker's House
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the 30-acre Harrisburg Cemetery is one of the few cemeteries in Pennsylvania to hold such a distinction. This site is literally an outdoor museum of obelisks, statuary, monuments and mausoleums commemorating those who have contributed to building the Nation's and Harrisburg's distinguished legacies. Space remains for additional burials in the future.
Top Photo
Circa 1910 postcard view of Cemetery's main entrance at N. 13th and Liberty Streets.
Middle Photo
Circa 1910 view of Caretaker's House looking south.
Bottom Photo
Circa 1910 view looking north from second floor of Caretaker's House.

 
Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project marker series.
 
Location. 40° 15.741′ N, 76° 52.287′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of Liberty Street and 13th Street, on the left when traveling east on Liberty Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Pleasant Press - The J. Horace McFarland Company
Harrisburg Cemetery Entrance image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 30, 2008
3. Harrisburg Cemetery Entrance
(here, next to this marker); A. Carson Stamm Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Webster Elementary School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mulberry Street Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Pennsylvania Railroad Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); Presidential Convention (approx. 0.4 miles away); Zion Lutheran Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesHeroesMilitaryNotable BuildingsNotable PersonsWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary
 
Grave markers near the Caretaker's House. image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 30, 2008
4. Grave markers near the Caretaker's House.
Weeping cherry trees and violets in the lawn create a romantic Victorian setting in the cemetery. image. Click for full size.
By John K. Robinson, April 13, 2006
5. Weeping cherry trees and violets in the lawn create a romantic Victorian setting in the cemetery.
Harrisburg Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By John K. Robinson, April 13, 2006
6. Harrisburg Cemetery Marker
The cemetery is situated on the edge of Allison Hill overlooking downtown Harrisburg. image. Click for full size.
By John K. Robinson, April 13, 2006
7. The cemetery is situated on the edge of Allison Hill overlooking downtown Harrisburg.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 2, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,494 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 2, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   5, 6, 7. submitted on May 17, 2008, by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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