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The Past

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.

 

 

150th AnniversaryCelebrating 150 Years

The Monongahela Cemetery celebrated its 150th Anniversary in June of 2013

See photos from the celebration events and read interesting historical information, and more.

Visit the Special History Section Now


Lecture:
The "Spanish Lady" Invades the Monongahela Valley

1918 Influenza Epidemic in the Monongahela & Surrounding Areas

by Thomas Soltis, PhD

Click here to download the lecture


 

The Civil War section of the cemetery

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Monongahela Cemetery Chapel
Built in 1894 and designed by
Frank P. Keller


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The American Legion Section

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The Finley Mausoleum greets visitors to the cemetery after they pass through the stone and iron gates

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The Monongahela Cemetery will continue its long legacy and move quietly toward the future.

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