no markers remain in the suggested location of this cemetery
today, the Hoffman Cemetery is believed to have been
situated west of the Gingrich Cemetery that is along the Old
Hershey Road. According to
local historian Donald Koons, the cemetery was located a short
distance south of the Lehman (Vian) Schoolhouse but on the opposite
side of the rise from where the Gingirch Cemetery is still located. According
to Koons, there were 12-14 stones there at one time that have
all since disappeared.
the 1960s, four stone tops were found in a pile of rubble and
were removed and placed in a garden near a waterfall. Only initials
were carved on the stones. The initials are carved in different
fonts. Two stones carved in a plain font bear the initials “A
M F” and “G F” while two other stones, with a fancier font bear
the initials “U M T” and “M T”. No identification of the individuals
commemorated by the stones has ever been made but the description
of where they were found matches Donald Koon's description of
the location of the Hoffman Farm Cemetery.
the log of the Fishburn Cemetery,
Susan Snavely who died August
25, 1849 was taken from
here and moved to the Fishburn Cemetery.
would be happy to conduct a cemetery search or do more extensive
research for you. The cemetery search would include all
Derry Township cemeteries plus others that are closely associated
with our township. Most of the names in our cemetery
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