Spring Creek Church of the Brethren owns and cares for this historic
cemetery today. Volunteers for the Derry Township Historical Society
recorded the gravestones during 2000-2001 and incorporated records
made available by the cemetery committee. Unfortunately, a fire
destroyed the official cemetery records in early 1923 so information
about burials before that time was lost. At this time about 2,100
records are available.
exact beginning of the Spring Creek Cemetery is difficult to determine.
However, in 1948, it was reported that the oldest legible stone,
written in German script, dated to the year 1783. The cemetery
is shown on the map of Derry Township published in the Dauphin
County Historical Atlas of 1875, p. 69, and adjacent to the
beginning of the cemetery from the standpoint of documentary evidence
dates to August 18, 1848, when one acre and thirty perches of
land was deeded by Wendell Henry and his wife to Abraham Balsbaugh
and Joseph Hollinger, trustees of the Spring Creek Church, known
at that time as the German Baptist Meeting House. Part of this
land was used as a site for the church building and the rest was
used for burial purposes. Wendell Henry, M.R. Henry and wife,
and Benjamin Longenecker and wife gave additional land; Jacob
Stauffer and wife, and S. L. Wenger and wife sold additional property
to the church for the cemetery. On April 18, 1917, the cemetery
1886, the cemetery employed Abraham Bashore as its first caretaker.
He received free rent and 75 cents each time he opened the church.
In the oldest areas of the cemetery there were no burial lots.
People buried there were placed side by side. In 1906, the cemetery
was laid out in lots 16' x 18'. At first these lots were given
free, later they were sold for $5, and then for $10.
April 20, 1916, a new, 2-acre section was donated by Mr. Hershey,
which was laid out in plots 18' x 18', with corner lots selling
for $35 and center lots for $25. On March 21, 1947, another 2
¾ acres was purchased from the Hershey Industrial School.
The cemetery has an endowment fund to insure adequate care of
this hallowed spot in years to come. The cemetery is located at
the eastern end of Areba Avenue on the property of the Spring
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