Fair Hill Burial Ground

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Fair Hill Burial Ground
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Fair Hill Burial Ground is located in Philadelphia
Fair Hill Burial Ground
Fair Hill Burial Ground is located in Pennsylvania
Fair Hill Burial Ground
Fair Hill Burial Ground is located in the US
Fair Hill Burial Ground
Location Roughly along Germantown, and Indiana Aves., Ninth, and Cambria Sts., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°59′48″N 75°8′47″W / 39.99667°N 75.14639°W / 39.99667; -75.14639Coordinates: 39°59′48″N 75°8′47″W / 39.99667°N 75.14639°W / 39.99667; -75.14639
Area 4.5 acres (1.8 ha)
NRHP reference # 98000900[1]
Added to NRHP August 7, 1998

Fair Hill Burial Ground is a historic cemetery in the Fairhill neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded by the Religious Society of Friends in 1703, it fell into disuse until the 1840s when it was revived by the Hicksite Quaker community of Philadelphia, which played an important role in the abolition and early women's rights movements. The cemetery is currently operated by the Fair Hill Burial Corporation, which is owned by Quakers and neighborhood community members.


William Penn gave 1250 acres in Pennsylvania to George Fox in 1681. Fox dedicated six acres in 1686 for a meeting house and burial ground near the current site of the burial ground. Burials began about 1707, but the site didn't develop into an active burial ground. The Green Street Monthly Meeting took control of the site in 1818.

Following the Orthodox-Hicksite split, the three Hicksite meetings in Philadelphia in 1840, Philadelphia, Spruce Street, and Green Street, agreed to use the land for a burial ground. Starting in 1843, a Joint Committee on Interments oversaw the burial ground. A meetinghouse was built nearby on Cambria Street in the 1880s.

Both the meetinghouse and the burial ground were sold to Ephesians Baptist Church in 1985, but in 1993 the burial ground was purchased by the Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, which continues to own and maintain it.[2][3]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Bacon, Margaret H. (1998). "Fair Hill Burial Ground" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "Quaker Burial Grounds in Philadelphia". Swarthmore College. Retrieved January 6, 2014.

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