The Historical Society presents a variety of programs and tours at Historic Montgomery Cemetery throughout the year.
Upcoming Events at Historic Montgomery Cemetery
Saturday October 29, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Join us at the gatehouse at Historic Montgomery Cemetery on Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 9 am to 11 am for this speciall event!
Please come, enjoy a cup of coffee and meet Norristown’s new Police Chief, Derrick Wood, and Officers of West Norriton Township and Norristown.
Established in 1847, Montgomery Cemetery was the first public, non-sectarian burial grounds in Montgomery County. Ideally located on sloped land along the Schuylkill River just outside Norristown, and designed in a formal Rural Landscape style, it provided a park-like setting for families to visit their relatives, view the outdoor symbolic sculpture on monuments, and walk the grounds. The cemetery is no longer an active burial ground, but is preserved as a link to the past.
The entrance to Montgomery Cemetery is at the end of Hartranft Avenue, off of West Main Street, Norristown.
Address: 1 Hartranft Avenue, Norristown, PA 19401
The main entrance gate is locked to help prevent vandalism, but will be open during this event for admission and parking.
Saturday October 29, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The Historical Society of Montgomery County will present a walking tour that examines the changing cultural beliefs in America surrounding death and dying.
Nothing is certain except death and taxes. Culturally, however, the American way of death is anything but certain. Over time, popular funeral and burial rituals of have changed dramatically as we have shifted our attitudes towards death.
This special tour of Historic Montgomery Cemetery on September 29, 2022, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, includes a walking tour of the cemetery that examines how America’s attitudes towards death have changed since early European settlement. The Historical Society’s Executive Director, Barry Rauhauser, will illustrate how global patterns in culture affect the way we view aging and death and look at how some of America’s historical events helped to create a unique American view on death and dying.
With almost 6,000 known burials, Historic Montgomery Cemetery holds the remains of some of the most prominent citizens, veterans, and reformers in the county and nation. From five Civil War generals to many captains of industry, it tells the story of the nation through the lives it represents. The entrance to Montgomery Cemetery is at the end of Hartranft Avenue, off of West Main Street, Norristown. Parking during the event will be made available inside the Cemetery gates.
Tickets for the event are $10. Tickets are limited so call 610-272-0297 to purchase tickets for this event.
Saturday October 29, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
An event you won’t want to miss! – Masters of the Skies will join us for a "meet and greet" with at least one of their birds. French native Gregory Wojtera is a Master Falconer who has worked with almost 50 raptors in the past 12 years. He trains and flies hawks, falcons and owls for a variety of purposes, including hunting, falconry abatement (bird control) and education. He created Masters of the Skies in 2014 to educate the general public about birds of prey and falconry, and he has been working as a full-time falconer and educator since 2016.
Saturday October 29, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Join us for this special event to thank our members and volunteers!
Let’s get together for this evening event at Montgomery Cemetery. Bring a blanket and hang out with us as we listen to some live music and watch the sunset! We'll also have a food truck on-site which will have some evening snacks like Italian Ice and Funnel Cake available for you to purchase!
We hope to make this an annual event, so join us this year and let's make this a great event.