Situated in the middle of a National Park, the Gloria Dei graveyard has been in continuous use since the early 1700s and is one of the oldest burial grounds in Philadelphia. We seek to restore the churchyard to an earlier point in history, increasing the historical accuracy of the environment, repair and preserve gravestones that have decayed due to extreme age, the ravages of an urban environment, and some very old damage caused by vandalism.
Explore the Churchyard
There are over 500 visible markers in the churchyard and many are in need of repair and restoration. Explore our database and discover how you can support preservation of this treasured history.
- Captain Joseph Blewer (1734–1789)
- Reverend Jehu Curtis Clay (1792-1863)
- Johan Olofsson Stille, Supporter of the Swedish Lutheran Church (1646-1746)
- George Ord, Ship Chandler (1741-1806)
- Captain Morris Sheer (1818-1859)
- Private Jacob Jackson and The War of 1812
- Alexander Wilson, Father of Ornithology (1766-1831)
- George Ord, Naturalist, Ornithologist, Writer (1781-1866)
- William Smith
- Thomas W. Webb (1808-1877)