Our tours are offered to the public at no charge, are wheelchair friendly and fun for everyone! The “History Tram”, pulled by a small tractor, will accompany 22 guests per tour, on a 90-minute ride throughout our hallowed grounds. Seating is limited. While walk-ins are welcome, we cannot guarantee seating to be available.
The story of Prospect Hill Cemetery and Cremation Gardens is the story of York County. From veterans to civilians, many prominent York families have chosen this sacred ground for their family burial estates. With over 60 acres still to be developed, the future for this community treasure promises to be as distinguished as its past. In 2008, the Historic Prospect Hill Cemetery Heritage Foundation (HPHCHF) was granted 501(c)(3) status. As a non-profit organization, the Foundation is dedicated to preserving the historic heritage of Prospect Hill Cemetery (PHC).
The local Reformed Church of York, Pennsylvania, chartered PHC in 1849. The first burial in the cemetery took place two years later. Soon after, burials in other local cemeteries began to be re-interred in PHC. Today there are more than 90,000 interments in the 170-acre cemetery. One of the oldest people buried at PHC, Anna from Moravian Church, passed in 1735! Anna was most likely moved from a different cemetery and interred to Prospect Hill Cemetery with the thought that Prospect Hill would remain long into the future.
In addition to Public Tours on Sundays, we also offer Private Tours for civic groups, church groups, private club and educational purposes. Please fill out the "Private Tours" page if you wish to book a tour for your group.