York’s City Cemetery monument has been installed!

While we have the community’s attention, we’re launching phase 2: An additional $5,000 fundraiser to landscape, adding flowers to beautify this space. Give us a boost at Preservation PA.

an Unveiling ceremony took place on Saturday, March 9th at York’s City Cemetery. We commemorated this installation of this new monument with a dedication to the 800+ buried here, of which only 270 names are known.

Watch THIS YDR video that shows the installation of the monument.

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After extensive research using city records, the Friends of York City Cemetery have catalogued the names of known people laid to rest in this site and their names are inscribed on the stone memorial. Join us for the unveiling ceremony on March 9, 2024 at 10am. Remembered at last! Click HERE for the Google Map location.

The Friends of York City Cemetery invite you to support the installation of a memorial that will at last provide public recognition to the 800+ people who were buried without markers at the cemetery often called Potter’s Field or Penny Heaven.

When someone died, the city physician would coordinate the paperwork and the engineer would locate and identify the burial site. Then a public works crew dug and filled in the grave.

In 1897, York City exhumed over 600 bodies from West College Avenue between South Beaver Street and South Cherry Lane, moving them to a new location; their final resting place along Schley Alley and W. 7th Ave. in North York. Close to 200 more people have been interred here since then, with the last known burial taking place in 2004.

All the KNOWN names have been cast in aluminum for a plaque that has been installed on the front of the granite monument. There is also a plaque describing the history and significance of Penny Heaven.

access our working list of names here.

access the full report of the Ground Penetrating Radar HERE.

Evidence from the Ground Penetrating Radar performed by a Kutztown Professor and her students reveals the locations of burial plots without disrupting the ground. It’s a non-invasive way to identify the exact locations of graves.

Articles about Project Penny HEaven


  • Jamie Noerpel, Ph.D., Wandering in York County, Witnessing York, Chair
  • Samantha Dorm, Friends of Lebanon Cemetery
  • Tina Charles, Friends of Lebanon Cemetery
  • Dr. Joy Giguere, Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Gravestone Studies
  • Jack Sommer, President Historic Prospect Hill Cemetery Heritage Foundation

Other Potter’s Fields around the area