Founded by many of the prominent leaders of Williamsport’s industries, Wildwood Cemetery was incorporated because of the tranquility found in the lush, rolling hills on which it rests. Existing flora was paired with new ornamental additions to match the beauty envisioned by the cemetery’s advisors, for the cemetery of the future.
Under the supervision of John McMinn and Robert Faries, the engineers responsible for Wildwood’s design, the cemetery received its chapel. Made of sandstone, terracotta, Buffalonian stained glass, and Pennsylvanian lumber, its one of the finest structures completed by either men during their time in Williamsport.
As the cemetery expanded, so did its volume of needs. Because of this the office had an addition added, its roads improved, and a reservoir developed to feed water into the grounds. Old water spigots can still be found throughout the grounds, though they are now defunct. The cemetery during this time grew to its largest size of 437 acres.
The first crematory in Lycoming County was built at Wildwood Cemetery in 1972. Our staff have performed tens of thousands of cremations since then. Our staff is CANA and NFDA certified, and our crematory can be visited upon request.
1972 through 2022
Throughout the next 50 years we incorporated many new interment options to meet the needs of our community. Our Garden of Memories has expanded over the years, and now houses new charcoal granite niches with custom laser-engraved nameplates for the deceased, alongside bronze cremorials. Just a stone’s throw from the office, we also offer community mausoleum spaces, first built in 1992.
Our Cemetery in the Contemporary
With over 160 years of service, 60 thousand burials, and thousands of cremations, our cemetery has been utilized by society to ensure the proper treatment of the dead. As the years go by, we look to do everything in our power to ensure the degradation which comes with the passing of time does not affect those resting in our grounds.