Mount Moriah Cemetery is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing places in Philly. The historic cemetery that sits along the meandering Cobbs Creek occupies a sprawling 200-some acres and dates back to 1855.
But after it closed in 2011, Mount Moriah fell into great disrepair. Ivy has crawled its way over the iconic brownstone gatehouse designed by architect Stephen Decatur Button, gravestones are covered in grass, and obelisks peek through all of the overgrown brush.
Today, it’s being restored with the help of the non-profit organization Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery, yet it’s still technically without an owner. A local photographer who goes by the Instagram handle someguyinphilly recently made a trip to Mount Moriah to check out the progress, and shared a selection of his shots with Curbed Philly. Here’s a selection of 10 of his most haunting photos.
Want to help bring Mount Moriah Cemetery back to its original state? Friends of Mount Moriah hosts restoration events where anyone can come help reclaim the cemetery. You can view a calendar of dates here.
- Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery [Official]
- SomeguyinPhilly [Flickr]