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Historic Palmer Cemetery in Fishtown

4/17/17 - Hold tight, there are some big changes to this website on the way! Watch this space in the coming weeks.

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Welcome to Fishtown's historic Palmer Cemetery, a Philadelphia Historic Commission Landmark trusted to the community of Kensington in 1765 by the family of Anthony Palmer, the founder of Kensington.
 
Small donations from the community are the main source of funding for the general maintenance and upkeep of Palmer Cemetery. Your $25.00 or $50.00 donation is what keeps the grass cut and the cemetery grounds in decent shape. Please consider making a yearly donation to Palmer Cemetery. The cemetery is constantly in need of funding. If we receive a grant for a special project, such as the new iron fencing, it doesn't mean we are fully funded. The benefits that have been held to raise funds, and the small donations that are made by people like you are the backbone of what enables us to manage and maintain the grounds.

Generally those who are giving grants to non-profits such as ours will not grant money for operating expenses. Special project grants are more common. There may be grants available that will help us to operate and care for our cemetery, but we will need the help of a grant writer to search out those grants for which we may be eligible. A recent grant from Penn Treaty Special Services will allow us to continue the iron fencing project at the cemetery. We are hopeful to have New Fencing along Belgrade Street and Montgomery Avenue before the end of the year. We are very thankful for the PTSSD Grant, the positive changes would not have happened over the last 5 years without their financial support. The cemetery still needs financial support from the community. Small donations, as little as $20.00 per year, per household would enable us to keep the cemetery clean and safe for all who visit. Making a donation is as easy as clicking on the PayPal link here on our website. All donations are tax deductible. We are a 501(c)3 non profit.

Thank you!

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Please Do Not bring your dog into the cemetery. Please be considerate and pick up after your dog if you walk it around the cemetery. Thanks!

Palmer Cemetery is NOT a Perpetual Care Cemetery. We do our best to maintain the grounds with the financial donations we receive, but a good deal of the work has to be done by volunteers to save money. We will do our best to straighten and reset headstones, but it is the responsibility of the family to maintain the grave site. We realize that most of oldest families have moved away and may not even know they have family buried here, so we do our best to straighten or lift a stone. Some of the larger stones need a small crane to lift, and a new foundation to set the stone on. The stones are sinking or falling mainly due to weather conditions (rain, snow and freezing temps ). We can only do so much and need help. Small donation from the community will go along way in getting things done here. Please consider making a financial donation to help us maintain our historic cemetery.

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Jim Kingsmill 

Palmer Cemetery
Palmer and Memphis Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19125