Bruckhart Graveyard

Photo added by Denise Witwer Lahr

Bruckhart Graveyard

Silver Spring, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorials 29 added (17% photographed)

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This graveyard, described in the first volume of the Worner transcriptions at the Lancaster County Historical Society, has been destroyed. In 2015 only a few gravestones remained propped against the base of a large tree.

A second transcription of unknown provenance and date was found at the Lebanon County Historical Society. When discrepancies were found between the two inventories, those of Worner were favored since they seemed by and large to be more accurate.

All existing gravestones have been photographed. All others are lost.

In 1935, Worner described the location of this graveyard as follows:

"The Bruckhart Family Burial Ground, approximately 60 feet by 100 feet, is on the farm of John F. Waser, in West Hempfield township. It is situated in a woods and is difficult to locate. Indeed, in summer when the foliage and undergrowth are at their height, a visitor would be unable to locate it. In order to find the graveyard one should turn off the Marietta turnpike at the United Brethren church in Silver Springs village. By following a dirt road in a southerly direction for half a mile leads over the railroad tracks to a dense woods. Here the traveler turns abruptly to the right, enters the woods, and about a quarter of a mile farther, on the very edge of the woods, he will find the burial ground. Of course the place receives no attention. It is, indeed, a pitiable sight to behold: tombstones scattered on the ground almost covered with weeds and brambles — the place is a scene of utter desolation. It is separated from the woods by a dilapidated combination wire and wood fence. Adequately to describe it, one should refer to it as a place of burial in a dense woods. We visited it on April 27, 1935. There were approximately 20 head stones in the graveyard at the time of our visit."

— Denise Witwer Lahr


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GPS Coordinates: 40.0564, -76.43318

  • Added: 13 Apr 2016
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2609718