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Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery

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Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery
Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery Entrance Sign.jpg
Details
Established1843
Location
701 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware
CountryUnited States
Typeprivate
Size25 acres
No. of graves21,000+
Websitehttp://wilmingtonbrandywinecemetery.org/
Find a GraveWilmington and Brandywine Cemetery
Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery
Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery

Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery is a rural cemetery at 701 Delaware Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware. Founded in 1843, it contains over 21,000 burials on about 25 acres.

History

Soldier's Graveplot where 121 U.S. Civil War soldiers are buried
Soldier's Graveplot where 121 U.S. Civil War soldiers are buried

The cemetery was envisioned in 1843 by Sam Wollaston, who sought to establish one of Delaware's first non-sectarian cemeteries on 10 acres of his farm, which was outside the city of Wilmington at the time.[1] His venture was quickly a success, and the following year, Wollaston formed a company to expand and landscape the site with Willard Hall serving as president. Engineer George Read Riddle was hired to design the cemetery.[2] In 1850, James Canby planted an imported cedar of Lebanon at the entrance of the cemetery.[3]

One corner of the cemetery, named Soldier's Graveplot, contains the remains of 121 U.S. Civil War soldiers who died from their wounds or war-related illnesses at the old Delaware Hospital.

Chapel at Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, August 2019
Chapel at Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, August 2019
Interior of chapel June 1914
Interior of chapel June 1914

The cemetery's chapel, designed by architect Elijah Dallett Jr.,[4] was built in 1913 of Foxcroft stone with window sills of Indiana limestone.[5]

In 1917, the cemetery received remains originally interred at the 18th-century First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington's Rodney Square. The church was moved to Park Drive to make room for a new library.[6]

In 2014, the cemetery launched the Eternal Rest 5K Walk/Run to raise money to maintain the cemetery.[7]

Notable burials

Map of Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery
Map of Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery

References

  1. ^ "Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery". www.wilmingtonbrandywinecemetery.org. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  2. ^ Scharf, John Thomas (1888). History of Delaware: 1609-1888. Philadelphia: L.J. Richards & Co. p. 845. Retrieved 28 July 2019. wilmington and brandywine cemetery.
  3. ^ Maynard, W. Barksdale (2015). The Brandywine: An Intimate Portrait. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 133. ISBN 978-0-8122-4677-3. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Our Chapel". www.wilmingtonbrandywinecemetery.org. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  5. ^ The Modern Cemetery. Allied Arts Publishing Company. June 1914. p. 106. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  6. ^ Milford, Maureen. "Cemetery offers a lasting history". www.delawareonline.com. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  7. ^ Connor, Krista. "Storied Past, Spirited Future". www.outandaboutnow.com. Retrieved 26 July 2019.

External links

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