Chester Rural Cemetery

Local nameRural Cemetery
LocationChester, Pennsylvania, USA

Chester Rural Cemetery is a historic rural cemetery founded in March 1863 in Chester, Pennsylvania. Some of the first burials were Civil War soldiers, both Union and Confederate, who died at the government hospital located at the nearby building which became the Crozer Theological Seminary.

The cemetery is landscaped and had a large lake that was drained in the 1950s. It covers 36 acres and contains the graves of 31,000 individuals. Two monuments in the cemetery have been documented by the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System: The statue "Sorrow" by Samuel Murray atop the Alfred O. Deshong memorial, and the Civil War Memorial, by Martin Milmore.On April 13, 1917, 55 unidentified victims of the Eddystone Explosion at the Eddystone Ammunition Corporation were buried in a mass grave at the Chester Rural Cemetery. An estimated 12,000 people attended the funeral service.

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Coordinates 39°51'38.89" N -75°22'0.916" E

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