Welcome to the historical Homestead Cemetery
The Homestead Cemetery was first incorporated in 1886 to serve the burgeoning community growing in the Monongahela Valley. It has not faltered in its duty of honor and remembrance to the community as it has witnessed dramatic change over the last century and beyond. The members of our community who rest peacefully within its grounds have shaped the neighboring boroughs in events from the Civil War, the 1892 Homestead Steel Strike, the Great Depression, and the Second World War. The cemetery has also witnessed the dramatic demographic changes of the country over the past hundred years, and, as such, men and women who fought for racial and social justice from the Negro League in baseball to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s are remembered as integral parts of our region.
Only recently has the Homestead Cemetery run upon rougher times. However, thanks to the volunteerism of the community, the cemetery has continued to function.
The goal of the new Homestead Cemetery Company is not to have the cemetery simply function, but to thrive as a testament and memorial to the great men and women of the Steel Valley area who shaped who we are today. No other community in Western Pennsylvania cares so much about its history and roots, which is why this has become a greater community project.
Over the next few years, the Homestead Cemetery Company will manage (through fundraising and other grant opportunities) to bring the Homestead Cemetery back to a status of self-sustainment into perpetuity. We hope that with the community’s help, the cemetery grounds will be maintained, beautification and repair projects will be completed, and the cemetery will exist as a proud symbol of this area for ourselves and our descendants.
We hope you can join us in this project; one that will provide a constant source of honor and remembrance to the members of our community who have since departed.