Laurel Hill Cemetery was founded in 1874 (incorporated in 1899), by a group of Columbia, PA businessmen that included: J. Gust Zook, Isaac H. Ryan, John Skiles, Samuel W. and William S. Guiles, Joseph H. Zeamer, Henry S. Stauffer, William H. Moore, Franklin P. Miller, Henry Westerman, Ansel Purple and Andrew G. Nissley. They recognized the need for a cemetery of substantial size to serve the area. The 33-acre site, adjacent to Columbia High School, was chosen for it's majestic and panoramic views of the Susquehanna River and surrounding communities.
The cemetery is the final resting place for veterans and those killed in combat since the time of the Civil War. Revolutionary War Veteran Michael Wisler, 68 years old, was buried on the Wisler family lot in 1824, and incorporated into the cemetery at the time of it's founding. The flag-lined Avenue of Honor leading to the Veteran's Garden is a fitting final tribute.
Laurel Hill offers families a variety of good value alternatives. We will help you create the unique celebration of life that you desire.
Unique to the area, Laurel Hill also provides a pet cemetery, Noah's Garden of Pets, for your special companion.
The cemetery is dedicated to serving families in the best possible manner with dignity, compassion and understanding.
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