First Presbyterian Church Graveyard,
Lancaster (city), Lancaster Co., PA

4. First Presbyterian Church Graveyard

Adjoins the church (under the church) at 130-134 East Orange Street on the south side.


This graveyard was established in the 1770s. In 1846 the Presbyterians helped to organize Lancaster Cemetery with the First Reformed Church. A number of graves were destroyed when the new church was constructed in 1850. In 1889 Evans Chapel was built over the remaining portion of the graveyard. These gravestones remained intact underneath the chapel until they were cataloged and referenced by William Early in the late 1980s.

  • Earliest recorded burial - 1764.
  • Latest recorded burial - 1835.


  • 1932- William F. Worner, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol.20 (1932), p.54-56.
  • undated- Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.

Related Articles:

  • Stacie Ringo, "A Hidden Cemetery Comes to Life", Sunday News, Jan.15, 1989, p.C1, C6.


Evans Chapel was built over the graveyard in 1889.

Historic Marker for the First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, Pa.

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Note: The textual information provided for each cemetery concerning location, history and record location is provided courtesy of the Lancaster County Historical Society and is taken from their c.1993 publication "Churches and Cemeteries of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania" by A. Hunter Rineer. To purchase this book or for additional information and records concerning cemeteries please contact the historical society at their website or email them at
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