A stroll through Lawn Croft provides a history of this area’s development as members from all of the immigrant groups who helped grow this region rest here, and veterans from every major conflict since the Civil War are honored here by a memorial dedicated to their service.
During the 1918 flu epidemic, with no vaccines available, an estimated 16,000 residents of the Philadelphia area died between September and November of that year.
The catastrophic number of flu casualties overwhelmed medical personnel and local officials. As a result, mass burials were not unknown. Area funeral directors and cemeteries were challenged with keeping up with the demand for burial space. Lawn Croft was no exception. Approximately 80 unidentified flu victims are buried here in a mass grave.
Lawn Croft also has the distinction of housing a church graveyard within a cemetery. In the 1930s, the pastor of Marcus Hook Baptist Church came to E. F. White with a request. To meet the needs of a growing congregation, a larger church was required. The expansion of the church would necessitate removing the graveyard to another location. E. F. gave permission to the church to move their graveyard to Lawn Croft Cemetery, where it exists to this day as a separate entity within the cemetery’s grounds.