The Lehigh Valley, Eastern Pennsylvania, has many cemeteries. Some are maintained and some are ignored while others are maintained just enough so people won't pay attention. The cemetery on 2nd and Ridge Streets in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, looks like one of those cemeteries on the surface but when one looks into the history, the people who maintain it are not to blame.
I always loved cemeteries. Since I am able to remember I’ve always admired them. Now that I am old enough to drive and be on my own, I am able to visit them more often. My mom showed me this one when I was looking for where my grandfather was buried. After I walked it with its toppled tombstones and high grass, I was hooked into knowing more about this cemetery. Eventually, I would find out I had personal connections.
According to the book “Diamond Jubilee 1859-1934 Emmaus, PA.,” the Evangelical denomination was the second oldest in the town. It was established in 1840. The current building was built in 1874 and it cost $6800. The Revered George Haines became its first preacher but Reverend Solomon Neitz was the preacher who, on Sunday November 8, 1874, dedicated the current building. The church moved to a different building in 1954 and it is currently the Emmaus Lodge. The cemetery still stands behind the building.
Upon finding this church, I found out that one of my mom’s coworkers and friend has her baby brother buried in here. She wants to be able to buy a stone for him but can’t. Someone picked up the marker and put it somewhere else. She has no idea where the baby is really buried. When I did some investigative work, I found out another church has the records on this cemetery. Sadly, there is no record of this baby as they only have the records until 1954.
This cemetery is currently vandalized. While it is in a nifty location in Emmaus, and the people who currently have it can’t keep up with it, I would suggest going during the day. If you go at night, you might hurt yourself on one of the stones. However, this small cemetery is peaceful and full of local history. It is worth checking out while you are in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.