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          Palmer Cemetery 

         is a Philadelphia Historic Commission Landmark

        Trusted to the Community of Kensington In 1765

               By the family of Anthony Palmer,The Founder of Kensington


                Memphis and Palmer Streets
                 Philadelphia, PA 19125



The First Clean up of 2014 at Palmer Cemetery will take place on May 3rd, 2014 at 830am. The cemetery has taken a real hit this past winter with the heavy snow and ice and the below average temperatures. We are seeing more headstones that are either falling or have fallen over, there are plenty of fallen branches and far too many old decorations that have been left to rot on the graves. Normally we would be doing a clean up in April. Due to the pending tree work that will be taking place in April, we will hold off on the clean up until the first Saturday in May. The rain date will be Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at 830am. Please come out and help us clean up at Palmer.


If you have a family member buried in Palmer and have decorated the grave for the holidays, please remember to return and clear the grave within 2 weeks after the holiday.





 Friend's of Palmer Cemetery Group Now Forming:


The "Friends of Palmer Cemetery" Group is now being organized and will work to raise much needed funds for the care and upkeep of our Historic Cemetery. The group will be headed by John Lonergan, a former trustee of the cemetery, and Nancy (Preston) Bartelle, The owner of BEDAZZLED Hair Salon in Fishtown. Nancy has volunteered for many years at Palmer. Both John and Nancy are lifelong residents of Fishtown.


The Friends of Palmer Cemetery will also work to make the community more aware of the historical significance of the cemetery. Our neighborhood is constantly changing, with new homes being built and new people moving in. We are hopeful that the "Old Fishtowner's" and the new residents will support our efforts to preserve the history of our community.


The Friends of Palmer Cemetery group is still being organized. The group will work closely with the trustee's of the cemetery and will follow the same principals that were established with the founding of the cemetery almost 300 years ago. While the cemetery is basically full, and very few burials occur at Palmer, the grounds must be maintained. This requires support from the community....volunteer support and financial support. There will be a membership drive for the Friends of Palmer Cemetery in the near future.


For more information about this new group, please call John Lonergan at 215-426-9348 or see Nancy Bartelle at Bedazzled Hair Salon at Belgrade and Montgomery Avenue.


2014 at Palmer Cemetery


The new year has started out very cold and snowy, and the cemetery has been impacted by the crazy weather. I do not remember a colder winter, and with the frequent snow and ice storms, the cemetery has been closed quite a bit recently. The paths are iced over and the trees are filled with the remnants of the recent storms. The tree limbs are taking a beating and will need a great deal of work to make sure it is safe for people to visit once the weather improves. The extensive tree work that will be needed is not cheap, but it is necessary and will be done in the near future. We also purchased a new snow blower in January, to keep the pavements clear around the cemetery. With salting and the labor needed to clear the sidewalks, we are spending more this winter than in recent memory. Please consider making a monetary donation to help us maintain this historic burial ground. The history of our community lies within the fences of Palmer Cemetery.



New Paving on Belgrade Street

The new paving was completed by cement contractor Anthony Lynch, and he did a great job. I recommend him to anyone who is looking for a nice, neat job at a fair price. The new paving was the last phase of replacing the uneven and dangerous sidewalks around the cemetery. Looking at the records, the sidewalks on Montgomery Avenue and on Memphis Street were replaced sometime ago by former trustees. Funding any project is always a problem and kept the entire sidewalk from being replaced based on the information available. But at last the job is done and we feel a great sense of accomplishment. Thanks to all of the large and small donations we received, without them we would not have been able to do much more the sweep the pavements.  A special Thanks to the Penn Treaty Special Services District group for their financial support. The money donated from the Sugar House Casino and The PTSSD has beeninstrumental in getting the new paving, and for other projects inside of the cemetery. The operational grant allows us to continue to maintain the grounds of Palmer Cemetery. 

We need all of the help we can get! Please consider sending a donation to help maintain this important piece of Fishtown's history. If you have a friend or loved one buried here, please consider making a donation in their memory.  Information on how to donate is located on the donation page of this website.




Please remember that Dogs Are Not Allowed inside of the Cemetery. Please do not take your dog inside even on a leash. Please respect that this is a cemetery, not a dog park.


We understand that there are people who like to place flowers or other decorations on their loved ones graves at Palmer Cemetery. We ask that if you do place decorations on a grave, please come back in a reasonable amount of time to remove those flowers and decorations. Please take those items with you. Do not leave the items near the cemetery office building. We do not have anyone working at the cemetery that can remove that trash on a weekly basis. Also, leaving items on a grave for more than a week or two creates problems with grass cutting. The cost for the grass cutting has increase over the last few years because of the amount of string trimming work that is needed. The cemetery is unique in that it is laid out unevenly. Please be considerate when decorating or placing items on any grave. The trustees appreciate your cooperation and help in keeping our piece of history intact and clean. We have a very special place in Palmer, please remember that this cemetery matters.



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