entrance marker to Friends
Burial Society cemetery

Friends Burial Society Cemetery
of West Cheser, Pennsylvania

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The Friends Burial Society Cemetery is located on W. Rosedale Avenue, southwest of the Borough of West Chester, PA. It can be reached from US Route 202/322 by exiting at High Street (Business Route 322) and driving north about one half mile to the intersection of High Street and Rosedale Avenue at the entrance to West Chester University. Turn left at the traffic light and go west past a stop sign and the traffic light at S. New Street. The entrance to the cemetery is on the left about 300 yards further west. If you see the entrance to Cambridge Hall Apartments, you have gone too far. general view of the Friends Burial
Society cemetery
Stone marking the entrance to the Friends Burial Society cemetery

Friends Burial Society
entrance marker

The Friends Burial Society was incorporated on August 17, 1871 to purchase ten acres for use as a cemetery. The "Constitution of the Friends Burial Society" (located in the Chester County Archives, Corporation Book 1, pp372-374) listed the directors as Pierce Hoopes, Edward H. Hall, Caleb E. Chambers, William P. Marshall, Enos Smedley, James Powell and Philip P. Sharpless. [Find out why there are no cemeteries inside the Borough limits of West Chester.]
Article V of the Constitution specifies that all grave markers must lie flat, be made of white stone, be no larger than 18" x 16" and contain nothing other than the person's name, their birth date and death date. Frederick S. Wood gravestone
Typical headstone
Friends Burial Society Meeting House
Meeting House
The local Friends meeting also constructed a meeting house which still stands on the property. As of 1995, it contained 1008 graves with legible headstones, each engraved with the name of the deceased and the dates of birth and death. A line of oak trees was planted through the middle of the cemetery and along the edges, some of which still stand.

A second Friends burial ground is located on the north side of West Chester along N. High Street, just north of the Route 322 bypass.

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