Saint Michael’s Lutheran Church was built in 1743 on the northeast corner of Appletree Alley and Fifth Street in Philadelphia. Its graveyard or burial ground extended northward from the church building to Cherry Street. The churchyard burial ground was mostly filled by 1759.
The church also had a secondary burial lot across the street from the main churchyard, on the northeast corner of Fifth Street and Cherry Street, from 1762 until 1852. In 1851 and 1852, the remains were removed from this lot and most of them were reinterred in the main churchyard on the south side of Cherry Street.
▫ Years of use: 1743 — 1868.
▫ Disposition: Destroyed.
All remaining burials in the main churchyard were reportedly removed by 1874 and interred at other locations, often undisclosed, although many remains were reinterred at the German Lutheran Cemetery on Hart’s Lane (Lehigh Avenue).
The site is presently occupied by the United States Mint (opened in 1969), which also covers the former Appletree Alley and the corresponding former section of Cherry Street.
NOTE: The German Lutheran congregation of Philadelphia grew rapidly in the 1700s.
Zion Lutheran Church was built one block to the east on the southeast corner of Fourth Street and Cherry Street and consecrated in 1769.
An additional cemetery served Philadelphia's German Lutheran congregations at Eighth Street from 1763 until 1866.
Not to be confused with —
Saint Michael's Evangelical Lutheran Churchyard in the Germantown section of northwestern Philadelphia
Saint Michael's Roman Catholic Church Cemetery at 1445 North Second Street in Philadelphia
GPS Coordinates: 39.95327, -75.14819
- Added: 13 Feb 2016
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2603733
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