The Fair Hill Burial Ground was established in 1703. Over the years, the neighborhood of Fairhill grew around it. Looking at historic maps, courtesy of the Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network, gives us a window into the past. Click on the maps to see see them full scale.
1843. Germantown Avenue has become the Germantown and Perkiomen Turnpike, with the burial ground just north of a tollgate. The Philadelphia/Germantown Railroad has been built to the west, and the Reading Railroad to the East. The area is now more settled, with the Engleman and Cridland family properties as the burial ground’s nearest neighbors. Several taverns have opened nearby.
1895. Big changes have arrived with the construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad to the north, and lumber & coal yards along it. The reservoir has been expanded, and the neighborhood now holds a farmer’s market, a rail yard, a home for the elderly, and a baseball park. The residential areas are densely settled.