A resting place along the Great Allegheny Passage
The West Newton Cemetery has been a vista of beauty since its founding in 1852. It exemplifies a new movement in the United States during the 1850s: a community-oriented cemetery that serves more than one specific family or religion. Easily accessible from the Great Allegheny Passage trail and laid out over 45 acres (with another 30 acres for future development), it has been regarded as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Pennsylvania by numerous cemetery and veterans‘ groups. With its location next to the Trail, the Cemetery is positioned to be an important tourism attraction when hiking and biking the Great Allegheny Passage. Currently, the grounds are visited by 8,000 people a year who come to experience several historic assets, including a 1905 chapel and a set of Civil War era naval cannons.
The Cemetery is a non-profit organization, where no individual receives any profit or compensation outside of regular wages and salaries paid for services rendered. All monies received are used for maintenance and improvements. The control of the Cemetery is vested in a board of seven trustees that constantly works to ensure that the Cemetery will be an asset for future generations. The Cemetery owes much of its charm to the beautiful rolling hill upon which it lays, as well as to very detail-oriented planning over many years. It is by far the crown jewel of West Newton Borough. With its access right next to the Great Allegheny Passage, the Cemetery is truly a ―”must see” for both locals and visitors in beautiful historic West Newton.
Each Memorial Day Weekend, the residents of West Newton come together to honor the Veterans of the Cemetery. Nearly 400 flags grace the premises and a parade is featured on Memorial Day.