This cemetery is also known as the Black Church or the Herman Church Cemetery or the Black/Herman Church Cemetery. There was a Church on the property around the turn of the last century, (1900) however, it has been gone for many decades and all that is left is a farmer's field and a few of the markers for the Cemetery. I inquired around, from all the local residents, within ½ mile of this cemetery and all, to whom I spoke, referred to it as the Black Cemetery and none of those had any idea what the denomination of the church was. (No, to my knowledge, this Cemetery name has nothing to do with race and everything to do with the family that originally owned the property, although I was not able to identify any of the Black Family who were buried here.) Also, I have found this place referenced, on several old Topo maps, as the "RUPP CEMETERY" and one "Really Old Timer" has related, to me, that Rupp is all he ever called it and said he was confused because no one else seemed to know it by that name.
The cemetery is located in Manor Township, Armstrong County, PA and it is, physically, just inside the Kittanning, PA zip code of 16201. Just across the road is the Ford City, PA zip code, 16226 and the Manorville Village is the closest settled place to this cemetery...I was in a quandary as to where I should list it.
Just "under" the Graff Bridge, which is U.S. Route 422, and at the intersection of Old State Route 66 and Garrett's Run Road, in Manorville, PA, drive up Garrett's Run road a distance of 2.34 miles to the cemetery on the left. This is a very windy and narrow road and along the way you will pass the intersections of Goat Hill Road, Hawk Hollow Road, Ping Wing Hollow and Silvis Hollow Road, all of which are on the left. A short distance from Silvis Hollow is the cemetery and if you get to Smeltzer's Flat Road, you have missed it. I include all these land marks since this cemetery is not visible as you pass it, due to the high road bank, but it is, briefly visible, just before you get to it. Pull into the gas well access road and walk the short distance to the cemetery.
GPS Coordinates: 40.77641, -79.48603
- Added: 8 Oct 2009
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2326429
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