Location: Moores Hill Road, Salem Township, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States
Part of the Pennsylvania Cemeteries project.
Garrison Memorial Cemetery is a cemetery of rural Salem Township about three miles northeast of Berwick. No more than a few hundred burials have been conducted here, with interments ranging from the mid-19th century into the present day.
Its name derives from the family of Matthias Garrison, who donated the grounds where where the cemetery lies and historic church and schoolhouse once stood. Garrison came to Salem Township after residing in New Jersey shortly before 1810. The cemetery has alternatively been referred to as Moore's Hill Cemetery, Moore's Church Cemetery, or simply Moore's Cemetery, all in reference to the family of William Moore, who settled in Salem Township around the same time as Garrison. Moore, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, was enumerated in 1840 to the township, aged 82. This area of Salem has since been colloquially referred to as Moore's Hill, though less so in the modern era.
The Salem Church formerly occupied the adjoining lot to the cemetery's north, which it was historically associated with. It has remained vacant since its destruction by fire in 1958 aside from a small groundskeeping shed only recently erected. The church was a longstanding fixture of the area; a schoolhouse once neighbored the church. The cornerstone of the church remains—albeit overturned—underneath a tree near the northwest corner of the lot, reading "SALEM EV CHURCH 1881".
Garrison Memorial Cemetery is located a few miles north of Berwick on Moores Hill Road. The cemetery is in Salem Township, Luzerne County, though the address is Berwick RD 4. From Berwick, take Summerhill Avenue and Foundryville Road into Foundryville; the cemetery is down Water Dam Road (which becomes Moores Hill Road at the county line). The cemetery is on the left just past Varners Hollow Road.
Coordinates: 41.100528, -76.211938
Project members are needed to:
- Assist with data collection and grave marker transcriptions
- Additional photography and GPS data collection is needed, and previously collected data can be sent by email to other members willing to assist with transcriptions.
- Link to existing WikiTree profiles or create new profiles for each person listed in the Table of Interments
- When complete, everyone listed in the Table of Interments will be linked to their own WikiTree profile, and to a photo of their grave marker. The profile you create for a person can include other genealogical and biographical information, additional photos, and a listing of sources for documentation.
- Validate links and transcription information
- Profile and photo links and transcribed information needs to be cross-checked to ensure accuracy.
- Create an audio/video tour of the cemetery
- Record a virtual tour of the cemetery that can be viewed as downloadable media on computers, tablets or other device. Such a tour would take the viewer around the cemetery to explore the history of the people buried here. Background information can be supplied. Those with mobile internet access can access online links to more information.