Found: One Historic Cemetery in Wayne—Owner Sought

historic cemetery in Wayne
Image via Richard Ilgenfritz, MediaNews Group.

There are a dozen veterans buried at a small historic cemetery in Wayne, Radnor Township, writes Richard  Ilgenfritz for

Some on the half-acre First Baptist Cemetery date back to the Civil War.

For the past few years, Radnor Township has taken care of the property at W. Wayne Avenue off Conestoga Road.

But no one seems to know who owns it.

Volunteers from local organizations want to clean up the historic cemetery, but without knowing who owns it, there could be problems.

By claiming ownership, the township would be protected from liability.

Radnor Commissioner Jake Abel talked about the cemetery at a recent board meeting.

“We have a responsibility as Radnor residents to better understand our history, especially when it comes to the men and women who served our country and fought for freedom,” Abel said in a follow up email.

A few years back, the property was declared “an orphaned cemetery”. Radnor could “adopt” it following a signed petition from a group of residents and a hearing in county court.

According to, the church that supported the cemetery is “long gone,” and the perpetual care fund has dried up.

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