he local Reformed Church of York, Pennsylvania, chartered Prospect Hill Cemetery 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 Prospect Hill, including the remains of Philip Livingston, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Many prominent local citizens have come to rest in Prospect Hill, and today there are more than 90,000 interments in the 170-acre cemetery.
Decorations limited to two per grave. Arbors, basket hooks, tripods, rustic or iron work, architectural items, wires, stakes and furniture are prohibited. Vases made of wood, iron, brick, cement, terra cotta, glass, ceramic, and/or any other easily broken materials are not permitted. No pots or containers are to be buried or embedded in the ground or lawn. Fencing, coping, curbing, walls, or any other item that obstructs the movement of mowers or other cemetery equipment is prohibited.
In the years following the Civil War, the citizens of York commissioned sculptor Martin Milmore to create a monument for the soldiers' lot. A local firm, Brashears & Son, provided the stone base. Erected in 1874, the 15-foot bronze figure of a soldier honors Union troops who died in the York area. The sculpture stands atop a square granite base surrounded by four cannons.
All floral remembrances must be in an easy to trim vase container.
Decorations shall not be hung from, nor attached to Mausoleum Crypt and/or Columbarium Niches.
The cemetery will not be responsible nor liable for any decoration, container, or other lost, stolen, broken, or misplaced item.
Planting of any flowers, shrubs, trees, or any living item in the cemetery is strictly forbidden.
The removal of any flowers, shrubs, trees, or any other living item from the cemetery, or any picking flowers, trimming or breaking of shrubs, plants or trees is prohibited.
Wilted, faded or unsightly flowers or decorations will be removed from lots throughout the year.
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Spring Cleanup: March 1-14. All decorations will be removed from all lots.
Summer Cleanup: July 5-15. Flags, holiday decorations and wilted flowers will be removed from all lots.
Fall Cleanup: November 1-14. All decorations will be removed from all lots.