Lyceum Ave & Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128, USA
Owner: Leverington Cemetery LLC
Status: This is a historic cemetery that is still accepting new residents.
Visitors are welcome during daylight hours when the front gate is open. Please watch your step -- old graveyards tend to have uneven ground and more than a few groundhog holes.
In 1703, Elizabeth, the 13-year-old daughter of Wigard Levering, was the first to be laid to rest on this land. Dozens of other Leverings would eventually join her as would their descendants, neighbors, and thousands of residents not only from the 21st Ward, but from across Philadelphia and Montgomery County.
In the 320 years since Elizabeth's death, the cemetery was known as the Roxborough Burial Grounds and eventually the Leverington Cemetery -- taking its name from the area named in deference for the founding Levering families in the area.
A map of cemetery has been provided below.
Burial Records & Resources
Burial records & resources are available through Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.com, and Findagrave.com.
If those resources do not provide the information you are looking for, you can contact RMWHS. Please note, you should check the online resources first as a courtesy to our volunteer archivists.
Each Spring members of the community are invited to participate in Clean-up & Planting Day. Volunteers and local groups come spend a few hours one Saturday doing minor weeding and landscaping projects as well as tending to the planters and cradle beds.
If you are interested in helping, join/watch the Friends of Leverington Cemetery on Facebook for details on the date (which is typically in mid-to-late April).
Adopt a Cradle Grave
If you are interested in adopting a cradle grave, contact RMWHS. A few of our members organize weeding, planting, and occasional watering of a number of the cradle graves throughout the cemetery. We appreciate your assistance in help in beautifying one of our most treasured landmarks.