It was a hot, summer day in 1863. The Civil War raged on, with Confederate troops fast advancing toward Northern soil. All able men of the Mon Valley were enlisted in the war effort. Sadly, many returned to their home ground in rough wooden coffins. A small city cemetery soon reached capacity.
As the number of war dead grew, a group of concerned citizens gathered at the Caleb Harvey's public house to discuss the need for a final resting place for their felled compatriots. At that meeting, the citizens moved to purchase a parcel of land from local farmer William McClure to establish a cemetery that would serve the Mon Valley for generations to come.
Hare & Hare, 19th-century landscape architects of national repute, designed the cemetery grounds. Their work—and the efforts of the Monongahela citizens—laid the foundation for what is today one of the areas finest cemeteries.
The Tradition Continues
Pass through the stately iron gates of the Monongahela Cemetery and experience the tranquility of these time-honored grounds.
Paved roads ascent its gentle slopes to guide the visitors to a hilltop chapel, built of stone nearly a century ago. It's a restful place... a place of enduring grace...and undisturbed serenity.
Wander the cemetery's parklike setting and discover the many spots that invite solitude and quiet mediation. A surrounding stillness is broken only by soft river breezes and birds overhead.
Natural beauty abounds here, preserved and enhanced by skillful landscape artistry and pristine grounds.
The Monongahela Cemetery...steeped in history and moving quietly toward tomorrow.