Philadelphia August 11, 2017
7 Cemeteries Around Philadelphia That Will Give You Goosebumps
Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in the nation, and it has been a very significant place in the history of the United States. Because of the long life of the city, there are many cemeteries in Philly that are the final resting place of Revolutionary War heroes, founding fathers, and early other Philadelphians. While these burial grounds are certainly historic, there’s definitely something creepy about the oldest Philadelphia cemeteries.
1. Palmer Burial Ground
This cemetery in Fishotwn is particularly creepy because it's right in the middle of a neighborhood. Many heroes of the American Revolution are laid to rest here.
Palmer and Memphis Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19125
2. Laurel Hill Cemetery
Laurel Hill is one of the most haunted places in Philadelphia, and only the bravest will explore this cemetery after dark. There are creepy paranormal investigations held here every fall, if you dare to reach out to the spirits that haunt this historic graveyard. You can find more information about the events at Laurel Hill
3822 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132
3. Woodlands Cemetery
The Woodlands is a National Historic Landmark District that includes a mansion that once belonged to Andrew Hamilton, the famous Philadelphia lawyer. After Hamilton's death, some of the land was converted into this beautiful - and chilling - cemetery. More than 30,000 people are buried here!
4000 Woodland Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
4. Mount Moriah Cemetery
Betsy Ross was originally laid to rest here, but in recent years the cemetery has fallen into disrepair. The Friends of Mount Moriah have been working to restore this historic graveyard, but there's a feeling of gloom as you look out across the graves. The group hosts events all year round. Check out their event calendar
for more information.
Mount Moriah Cemetery is located at 6201 Kingsessing Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19142
5. Christ Church Burial Ground
The grave of Benjamin Franklin is just one of many notable interments at this historic Philadelphia cemetery. If you only have time to check out just one Philadelphia graveyard, make it this one. It's among the oldest in the city, and you'll be impressed by the names that you read on these weathered gravestones.
340 N 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
6. Old Pine Cemetery
The Old Pine Street Church, built in 1764, is one of the oldest churches in Philadelphia. During the American Revolution, British soldiers took over the church and shot at the gravestones for target practice - you can still see the bullet marks on some graves. Buried at the site are over 200 Revolutionary War heroes and one single Tory - which the Church now laughs off as a mistake.
The Old Pine Street Church is located at 412 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tours must be scheduled in advance, so call (215-925-8051) for more information before you visit.
7. Old Swedes (Gloria Dei) Church
Old Swedes Church is one of the oldest in the nation, dating back to the early 1700s. The burial ground has been in use for centuries, and laid to rest here are revolutionary heroes, marine captains, and civil war soldiers.
916 S Swanson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Now that we’re only a few weeks away from fall, it’s time to start planning your Halloween activities. Will a visit to a Philadelphia graveyard make your list?