Elliot Sweeney of Forks Township adopted Forks Cemetery for his Eagle Scout project. Elliot photographed and transcribed nearly 4,000 headstones on the cemetery and uploaded the photos and data to Billiongraves.com, making it possible to log on and search for any name and see an image of the headstone and the location of the grave in the cemetery.
If a visitor is in the cemetery with an iPhone or iPad or other cellular device, for example, he or she can locate a grave and walk to it. By purchasing an inexpensive app from Billiongraves.com, one can take a virtual walk through the cemetery, viewing headstones.
A HUGE thank you to Elliot who devoted more than 300 hours to make the project a great success.
What is perpetual Care?
All plots are sold with perpetual care which includes general maintenance such as grass mowing, road maintenance and signage. It does not include the repair of fallen headstones, sunken grave markers etc. This maintenance is the responsibility of the plot owner or his/her family. In modern times, the cemetery requires the use of an approved cemetery contractor for setting foundations in order to prevent sinking and toppling. This was not always the rule. If you become aware of a sunken hole that is not your responsibility, notify us and we will attempt to have the problem resolved. Depressions and sink holes are common after a harsh winter. Use caution during your visit to the cemetery..
What is the policy regarding flowers and plants?
Your deed and the Cemetery Rules board state the policy. In brief, planting of live flowers, shrubs and plants is not permitted without consent of the Board of Directors! If consent is granted and the planting is not kept neat, manicured and to a reasonable size, it will be removed in deference to the rights of other plot holders. Your cooperation and the exercise of common sense is absolute.
Cemetery open during daylight hours. Our disposal area is for cemetery debris, only. Anyone dumping non-cemetery debris will be prosecuted for illegal dumping. Area is patrolled by Forks Township police.
Welcome to Forks Church Cemetery, Inc.
Plot prices $595 old section
Plot prices $785 new section
We have been at same location for more than 200 years. Located on the west side of Sullivan Trail at the Forks Township/Stockertown Borough border, we have burial sites available in our recently opened section as well as a few in our mature sections. Reserve yours now. Our earliest recorded activity dates to 1761.
The cemetery organization is governed by a Board of Directors and corporate officers. Regular meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. in the office on the grounds.
Keeping the cemetery grounds dignified and well maintained requires a substantial budget. Your support through making a current tax deductible contribution or by remembering Forks Church Cemetery, Inc. with a bequest is encouraged. Correspondence or donations may be sent to the address below.
As treasurer of Forks Church Cemetery Inc. for four decades, I would be pleased to discuss with you the various ways you can help us remain financially viable. Your cash contribution or underwriting of certain capital improvements would be greatly appreciated.
President - Robert Black 610 252-6506
Secretary - Patricia Steinmetz
Treasurer - Neill Werkheiser 610 253-5420
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