Fells Church Cemetery - Fellsburg

Throughout Pennsylvania there are many small cemeteries.  Some are rural and some are in many of the old towns and villages that are throughout the state.  The Fells Church Cemetery in Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County is one of them.  Established in 1785 on the grounds of Fells Methodist Church, Fells Cemetery is the final resting place to those who fought in the American Revolution, Civil War, World War I, and World War II.  Three centuries of Pennsylvanians are buried here.


Both Fells Church and the village of Fellsburg have a long history.  Fellsburg is located within Rostraver Township which is one of the original Westmoreland County townships dating back to 1773.   Fellsburg is named after Benjamin Fell, and upon land donated by George Washington, Fells Methodist Church was built.   Known as "The Lighthouse on the Hill", the historic stone church that was built in 1834 still stands; however, the congregation moved to a new building in 1967.

Coming across the grave site of an American Revolution soldier isn't common; however, the grave site of Joshua Budd caught my attention.  A weathered tombstone sits next to an American flag and memorial plaque.  That so many of these older tombstones have survived, many in excellent condition, for in some cases over two hundred years is quite amazing. 


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