Take a tour at historic York cemetery

York Dispatch

A local cemetery with a long history of being the final resting place for notable people is now hosting tours.

Prospect Hill Cemetery, which reaches from North George Street to Pennsylvania Avenue in North York, was chartered in 1849 by the Reformed Church of York. Since then, it has been the final resting place for patriots from every war our country has participated in, including the American Revolution and Civil War. 

Declaration of Independence signer Philip Livingston is buried there, as is Union Corps Cmdr. William Buell Franklin.

Well-known York County residents including Thomas Shipley, George Washington Pfaltzgraff and others also are interred at the cemetery.

The cemetery hosts the Fallen Heroes monument and flag memorial, honoring those Americans lost in our country's most recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Court of Valor and Safekeepers Shrine remember our military award winners and first responders who died in the line of duty. The Court of Valor is topped with an I-beam from the World Trade Center, destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001.

The tractor-pulled "people mover" passes through a section of grave markers that memorialize soldiers from American conflicts dating back to the Revolution and one signer of the Declaration of Independence during a tour through the historic Prospect Hill Cemetery in North York, Sunday, July 9, 2017.  John A. Pavoncello photo

The free tours are open to the public and will be held at least one Sunday a month. Special tours can be arranged for groups.

For more information about upcoming tours, email info@prospecthill.org or register by emailing tours@prospecthill.org. Upcoming tour dates are Aug. 6, Sept. 10 and Oct. 1. Tours are available at noon and 2 p.m.