Only in York County

Part of the USA Today Network

This printout from an older York County atlas shows the location of the former Grandview Pet Cemetery in North Codorus Township, outside Seven Valleys.

An unusual topic for memories: Grandview Pet Cemetery near Seven Valleys

More than two years ago, in November 2018, I shared some details on a pet cemetery in North Codorus Township, near Seven Valleys.

Perhaps that’s a somewhat sad or unusual topic for memories – I still get a little misty thinking about my pets who’ve passed on – but I heard from so many readers whose beloved pets were laid to rest there that I knew I had to share.

Gloria Gotwalt of Springettsbury Township shared a copy of the booklet and receipt she and her husband received from Grandview Pet Cemetery in 1968 upon the burial of their pet, Sandy; the booklet contains a short note about the cemetery’s history from then-owners Clifford and Grace Gladfelter.

Gloria Gotwalt of Springettsbury Township shared a copy of the booklet she and her husband received from Grandview Pet Cemetery in 1968 upon the burial of their pet, Sandy.
The inside of the 1968 booklet Gloria Gotwalt shared describes the cemetery’s history from the perspective of then-owners Clifford and Grace Gladfelter.
Gloria Gotwalt also shared this receipt she and her husband received from Grandview Pet Cemetery in 1968 upon the burial of their pet, Sandy.

Joann Forry of Seven Valleys shared some information on the cemetery from what I believe is the North Codorus Township history book. (Full title: “The Flowering of the Codorus Palatinate: A History of North Codorus Township,” by Armand Glatfelter, which is certainly one of the most descriptive local history book titles I’ve come across.)

The book was published in 1988, so the cemetery was still a going concern at the time. In her letter, Joann wrote, “It was disbanded several years ago. Nothing remains, no statues, no markers, everything is gone… it’s just a shame something that large for its unique purpose is gone.”

She continued, “The barn/mortuary is still there. Mr. Murphy took over for Mr. Glatfelter and made coffins for the pets.”

Joann Forry of Seven Valleys shared some information on the area’s former pet cemetery from the North Codorus Township history book.

And longtime reader and retired assistant fire chief for the City of York Greg Halpin wrote, “I had visited that pet cemetery in the Seven Valleys area a number of years ago, as I had read where one of the city fire companies had buried their Dalmatian mascot there. I had found the markers for a number of fire company mascots in that cemetery, but not the one I was looking for. Mother Nature was taking over the grave markers then, so I’m sure even less of them are visible now. They were all flat bronze markers except for the marble merker for the Reliance Fire Company’s mascot. And I believe that marker has been relocated to the fire house in West York. I have photos of the fire company mascot markers that I was able to locate that day.”

Greg Halpin of York shared this information about not just pets but former fire department dogs buried at the former Seven Valleys pet cemetery.

I’m very grateful to everyone for sharing these memories and would love to hear yet more information on what may have come of the grave markers and so on after the cemetery closed, so please feel free to share if you know anything!

1 comment on “An unusual topic for memories: Grandview Pet Cemetery near Seven Valleys

  1. My parents were Mr. & Mrs. Charles Murphy, who operated the Pet Cemetery until it became defunct. ALL of the grave markers remain where they were originally placed when the pets were interred. They are NOT gone as Joanne Forry had stated! Over time, the land has reclaimed them.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.