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To maintain and provide a place that respects and honors those who are laid to rest in it's grounds and to create a peaceful environment in which people may find solitude, meditation, peace.
To educate those who visit on notable Lancastrians who are interred there.
To assist others with genealogy searches.
To provide the highest quality cemetery services.
In the words of David P. Schuyler:
Lancaster Cemetery was the first of Lancaster's "rural cemeteries." In 1846 the vestry of the German Reformed Church acquired a ten acre property along the New Holland Turnpike north of the city, and the following year received a charter of incorporation from the state legislature which guaranteed perpetual occupancy of the dead. The cemetery was designed by the Reverend Nathaniel A. Keyes, who apparently laid out the relatively flat grounds using a compass and a ruler.
Among the notable individuals interred in Lancaster Cemetery are Civil War General John Fulton Reynolds, who died on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg, July 1, 1863, and modern artist Charles Demuth.
Lancaster Cemetery has been designated a local historic landmark by the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County.
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