History of Lake Park Cemetery
In the mid 1800’s a group of prominent citizens from the Swedesboro/Woolwich Township area formed a committee to locate and acquire a “pristine piece of land” to establish a new community cemetery. The area’s population was growing rapidly and the local “church yard” cemeteries were reaching capacity. Finally, after many years of deliberations, they decided on a high, wooded bluff at the southeastern border of the Boro in Woolwich Twp. overlooking Lake Narraticon. In 1872, Lake Park Cemetery was established, and has been in continuous operation since that time.
Over the past 140 years, many historical books have extolled the natural beauty of the cemetery with such passages as, “It lifts its well-rounded, verdure clad head above the lesser hills while it bathes its feet in the silver Lake below. It wears a rich girdle of chestnut woods and robes itself in garlands of soft green tints. It’s granite and marble monuments sparkle in the first rays of the sun and receives its farewell kiss at night.”
Although Lake Park Cemetery cherishes it’s historical legacy; it must move forward to accommodate future generations. To meet these expectations, Lake Park Cemetery has already added improvements such as: a new sales office, new maintenance building, on site watering hydrants and most importantly the cemetery recently acquired over 80 acres of adjacent rolling farmland to insure its perpetual serenity.
Future improvements under consideration or in process are: new burial sections with more options, new/improved roadways, new entrance sign with landscaping, chapel/gathering room for on sight memorial services if necessary. Also, the cemetery is researching the possibility of providing on site crematory services. (soon, 50% of all funerals in the United States will be cremations).
However, scenic vistas and physical amenities are only part of what a cemetery should offer. There should also be a very personal professional and co-operative aspect when our services are required. At Lake Park Cemetery, every consideration is given to accommodate the needs of each family – not only from the purchase of a gravesite but through the burial process to the monument installation and upkeep of the site. Obviously the cemetery has some basic rules to ensure the overall well being of the property but we do attempt not to interfere with each families desire to personalize their gravesites.