First United Methodist Church Cemetery (former site),
Greencastle, Franklin County, PA

51 North Washington Street, Greencastle.

History:

This church began with the United Brethren movement, led by Christian Newcomer as early as 1797. Services were held in private homes until 1816, when Bishop Newcomer organized converts into a congregation which met in one of the local school houses. In 1828, the congregation erected a frame and weatherboard church building. Dedication services were Feb. 11, 1829.

In 1884, the frame building was torn down, and a two story brick building was erected on the same site. The cemetery formerly located next to this church was removed to Cedar Hill Cemetery in July 1958.

A bronze plague is found in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Antrim Twp., with the following inscription:

"This hallowed place is dedicated to the memory of those originally buried in the cemetery of the First E. U. B. Church, Greencastle, between 1812-1889, and removed to this plot July 1958."

However, the grave markers recorded as lying in this cemetery do not appear at Cedar Hill. Perhaps the grave markers were destroyed?



source:

W. P. Conrad, Conococheague: A History of the Greencastle-Antrim Community 1736-1971, (Greencastle-Antrim School District, Greencastle, Pa, 1971), p.134-135.

Lillian Colletta, "The Lure and Lore of Burial Grounds of Greencastle- Antrim, Journal of the Kittochtinny Historical Society, Vol. XVII, 1978-1981; p.299.


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