Rich in history, the Union and West End Cemetery is a jewel in the heart of the Old Allentown Historic District. Used by many as a passive park and genealogy resource, the board of directors is charged with its maintenance and preservation. The cemetery has been in operation since 1854 and is still an active burial site today. There are many notable individuals buried in the Union and West End Cemetery, Revolutionary War soldiers, Soldiers from the War of 1812, over 700 Civil War Soldiers, The Spanish American War, politicians, a Medal of Honor recipient, along with many noteworthy citizens of Allentown.
The Board of Directors continues its long-range look at the cemetery to plan for its future. Our vision has centered on Wayne Street, the main thoroughfare, but includes other areas of the cemetery as well. Our approach has been a systematic removal of the old growth trees along with their replacement with a variety of young trees. The variety will aid in supporting wildlife and give a renewed appearance to the cemetery. Portions of the roadway have been accented with landscape stone to give a more formal appearance. Additional improvements have included the planting of rose bushes along Chew Street thanks to the efforts of the Old Allentown Preservation Association, replacing the broken lighting and thanks to the Home Depot, the main roadway has seen new stone put down. We received a grant from Upside Allentown for the purchase and installation of new signs. Our goal is to give the cemetery an attractive appearance, maintain its history and grounds, and to be an enhancement to the Old Allentown Historic District.
LOCATION AND HOURS
The main entrance to the cemetery is located off 10th Street between Chew and Gordon Streets.
332 N 10th Street
Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
The cemetery property is bordered by 10th Street on the East, Chew Street on the South, 12th Street on the West and Liberty and North Streets on the North.
Winter Hours (November 1 – April 30) are from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spring/Summer Hours (May 1 – October 31) are from 8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Benefators and Sponsors
Historic preservation and beautification of the Cemetery are made possible by:
The Harry C. Trexler Trust
The Century fund
The Alvin Albright Family
Old Allentown Preservation Association
MOPH (Military Order of Purple Heart) Post 190
The City of Allentown