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

5. First Reformed Church Graveyard

Adjoined the back of the church at 40 East Orange Street.


The graveyard was started in the 1730s and filled by the 1840s. In 1846 the First Reformed Church organized the Lancaster Cemetery. In 1872 the church graveyard was destroyed. Most stones were moved to Lancaster Cemetery. Some were placed in church walls on the church site. Some gravestones were stored in the church basement for an indefinite period.

  • Earliest recorded burial - 1733.
  • Latest recorded burial - 1867.


  • 1931- William F. Worner, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol.19 (1931), p.79-80, (copied by H. S. Gruger, 1903); and p.90-99, (gravestone inscriptions in rear wall and yard).


Gravestones lying flat behind the First Reformed Church, Lancaster, Pa.

Gravestones placed in the back wall of the First Reformed 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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