Lancaster Cemetery


205 East Lemon Street, Lancaster PA


Jerry Smoker


One of Lancaster’s oldest and largest cemeteries, these 22 acres are home to two dozen varieties of trees, including good examples of Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata), White Ash (Fraxinus americana), Red Maple (Acer rubrum), White Fir (Abies concolor), Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia), Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), and most notably Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) [see].


Some of the trees date back to the farm that “German Reformed Church officials purchased in 1847 to start a cemetery on the edge of the city” (Jack Brubaker, LancasterOnline, April 15, 2016). Maintenance of the large trees in this collection strains the cemetery’s budget and the trees are thus to an extent endangered.