History of the Cemetery

cemetery_2On August 16, 1765, the German Lutherans of “Merrion Township” banded together to purchase land for a place of worship and burial ground for “German Protestants, German Reformed, and Lutherans, conjointly.”

The earliest tombstone in the colonial section is that of M. Smith who died on November 27, 1765.

In 1809, the trustees purchased another 1/4 acre of burial ground, and 19 years later a wall was built enclosing the cemetery. Burial permits were first sold in 1833.


A Community Cemetery since 1765

St. Paul’s Cemetery opened its gates to the community in 1765 and has remained one of the Main Line’s most beautiful and historic final resting places.

Lots are available from a single grave to full lots – four graves. Perpetual care is included in the purchase price of the lot. For purchase or information, please contact the church office at 610-642-3211 or e-mail us at cemetery@stpaulsardmore.org.

Lot Prices*

Full Lot Members Non-Members
4 Graves $6125 $6325
3 Graves $4400 $4600
2 Graves $2675 $2875
1 Grave $1525 $1725

*Information reflects prices as of June 15, 2015. Prices are subject to change.

Cremation Garden

Cremation Garden * $1025 $1225
* Perpetual Care is included in prices
* A 72 hour notice is required for all burials.

Burial Opening Charges Weekdays
8’ – double depth $1500.00
6’ – single depth $1200.00

Burials after 3:00PM on a weekday — Saturday Rate applies

Burial Opening Charges Saturday
8’ – double depth $1700.00 plus overtime listed below
6’ – single depth $1400.00 plus overtime listed below

Burial Opening Charges Sundays, Legal and Religious Holidays
8’ – double depth $1900.00 plus overtime listed below
6’ – single depth $1600.00 plus overtime listed below

Burial of Cremated Remains
Weekdays $800.00
Saturdays $900.00 plus overtime listed below
Sundays, Legal and Religious Holidays
$1100.00 plus overtime listed below

*As of January 1, 2010 the cemetery requires an urn vault for all cremation burials.

Overtime paid to cemetery staff
Saturday $200.00
Sundays, Legal and Religious Holidays $300.00

Memorial Company Permit Fee $50.00
(inscriptions, cleaning and stone resetting)

FOUNDATION CHARGES

2’ X 1’ – $288.00

2’-6” X 1’ – $360.00

3’ X 1’ – $432.00

3’-6” X 1’ – $504.00

4’ X 1’ – $576.00

4’-6” X 1’ – $648.00

5’ X 1’ – $720.00

*Foundations larger than the above dimensions will cost $1.00 per square inch.

VFW Markers Installed
Flush Granite or Marble 2’ X 1’ $75.00
Flush Bronze Setting Fee $110.00
Upright Granite or Marble Monolith $140.00

*Flush Bronze markers require a concrete or granite base.
The customer must contact the monument dealer for the base.

Other Charges
Deed Transfers / Replacement $75.00
Record Research (genealogy) $75.00 per hour
(minimum deposit of $75 dollars must be paid prior to the start of research)

Cemetery Office Hours
Monday through Thursday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 12 noon

For burial records go to http://www.lowermerionhistory.org/burial/lutheran to view the records for St. Paul’s Cemetery.