The Most Famous Tombstones in Philadelphia
Besides its revolutionary history, St. Mary’s Cemetery is home to some of the most famous graves in Philadelphia. A few of the notable people buried here are:
- John Barry—Barry is known as the father of the United States Navy. He was also one of the earliest members of St. Mary’s Church and attended mass regularly. Not only did he develop the country’s first navy, but he was also a recognized fighter during the Revolutionary War.
- Thomas Fitzsimons—Fitzsimmons was one of the 39 signatures on the Constitution. He was also a noteworthy member of the Continental Congress.
- Mathew Carey—One of the most well-known publishers during his time, Carey was also a regular in the pews of St. Mary’s Church.
Encounters with Spirits
Given that so many people would flock to St. Mary’s for mass, it’s safe to say that the chapel is one of the most popular sites in Philadelphia. But not everything is as exciting as walking the ground once tread by the Founding Fathers.
Some locals and tourists claim to have seen some apparitions during their visit to St. Mary’s.
Most of the encounters happen at night and occur inside the cemetery. There haven’t been any reports that the spirits are hostile, and most people say they just see shadowy figures roaming around the church grounds.
Who are these ghosts, and what business have they at St. Mary’s? Find out on our ghost tour.
Haunted Philadelphia, PA
Whether it’s your first time in Philly or you’ve lived here all your life, there are endless ways to have fun in the City of Brotherly Love.
Our Philadelphia ghost tour takes you to some of the most haunted locations in the city, including St. Mary’s Church and Cemetery. Join US Ghost Adventures if you’re curious about the haunted side of a historical city.
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Since 2013, US Ghost Adventures has offered entertaining, historic, and authentic ghost tours of America’s most haunted cities. We deliver fun yet honest accounts of hauntings across the nation for curious people of all ages. Our ghost stories are based on historical research, but that doesn’t mean they won’t send a chill down your spine.
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