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History of Freeland, Pa.
Holy Trinity Cemetery

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In May 1932 it was reported that George B. Hudock was granted a permit by the State Health Department to establish a new cemetery at Butler Terrace, along the road going from Freeland to Butler Valley. He said it was his intention to have this cemetery be a combination Protestant and Catholic cemetery over 9 acres, one seventh of which would be set aside for Catholic burials and the remainder for Protestant ones. Other reports referred to the cemetery "non-sectarian." He also planned to have the grounds landscaped, to make the cemetery "one of the beauty spots of the region." Actual work on the cemetery began in late July. Thirty years later in 1962 it was reported that Hudock, now living at Mount Pocono, had recently sold the cemetery grounds -- "about 200x300" -- to a Butler Terrace resident, and also sold off "several other pieces of real estate in the tower and cemeteries sections there."

My brother Steve and I both remember visiting that cemetery decades ago when there was still a wooden gateway arch there with the name Holy Trinity Cemetery on it, and crosses on some of the graves. I don't think it held very many graves, but I don't actually know. I'm kind of thinking maybe a dozen, BUT I just don't have a clear memory of it anymore and neither does Steve, so I can't really say what was there at that time. When we were kids I remember hearing it referred to as the potters' cemetery.

I wrote to my former St. Mary's classmate Donna Maso about it, and she very kindly added it as a cemetery on the site, and entered all of the burials that she was able to locate through online research, currently eight. So at least now it is among the Freeland cemeteries searchable on that website. She found that Holy Trinity Cemetery was also alternatively referred to as Freeland Heights Community Cemetery.

Thanks to Ed Merrick, and to Donna Maso for bringing this little cemetery back out of obscurity, at least online.

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