Greendale Cemetery

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Greendale Cemetery
Established 1813
Location Crawford County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 41°38′36″N 80°08′06″W / 41.64320°N 80.13500°W / 41.64320; -80.13500Coordinates: 41°38′36″N 80°08′06″W / 41.64320°N 80.13500°W / 41.64320; -80.13500
Type Public
Owned by Greendale Cemetery Association
Size 200 acres (1 km2))
No. of graves 21,000
Website Official Site
Find a Grave Greendale Cemetery

Greendale Cemetery, in Meadville, Pennsylvania is a publicly owned, non-profit cemetery. Many notable people including a Supreme Court Justice, several congressmen, soldiers and inventors are interred in the cemetery.

Notable burials[edit]


As early as 1788, in the year in which he founded the town that now bears his name, David Mead recognized the need to establish a local burial ground. In 1811 he deeded land at the present day corner of Randolph Street and Park Avenue to the Presbyterian Church. In 1813 it was enclosed by a fence. At that time, it cost $0.50 to bury an adult, $0.25 for a child, and $1.00 for a "stranger".

By the middle of the nineteenth century, the limited size of the cemetery and its location in the middle of the growing downtown district suggested the relocation of the burial ground. Several leading citizens of the community agreed to take on the task and arranged for the purchase of land parcels at the end of Randolph Street, some in Meadville itself and many in what is now West Mead Township. They were successful, and the new grounds were incorporated as the Meadville Cemetery. On March 11, 1852 the remains in the Randolph Street Cemetery were disinterred and moved to the present day location. Though they were placed in one large grave, the individual grave markers were also moved and may be found in a central section of Greendale.

In 1853 the area gained a new name as Greendale Cemetery and designation as both a park and a burial ground. Though a municipal project, it had been created by private citizens for the community. In accordance with Pennsylvania law and its charter, it was to be administered by an independent board of corporators and managers elected by that board and operate on a non-profit basis as a service to area residents.

An archway was built at the cemetery's entrance in 1865 at a cost of $315. In 1874, a receiving vault was erected for $2,100. In 1875, the house originally built in 1856 for the sexton was moved within the gated area, and designated the superintendent's home.

Herman Munz was hired in 1875 to plant the grounds. Today more than 1,500 rhododendrons decorate the grounds.