It is the oldest and largest cemetery in Pittsburgh having 300 acres of large shady trees and beautiful monuments. They have an excellent website that give alot of the history of the people who are buried here. Click on any name that is underlined for more information.
A lyre is the instrument of Apollo. It could also be referencing the harp, which is a symbol of heavenly music, or hopes of heaven. These types of stringed instruments are often seen as the root of divine music. A harp could also indicate someone of Irish heritage.
The Victorian rusticity movement celebrated nature, and many 19th century gravestones featured logs, leaves, twigs and tree stumps. Tree stumps symbolize a life interrupted, and when they have a broken branch, it means a young life ended too soon.
Alexander King (1893) With folded wings, an angel looks skeptically down at passers-by. Alexander King was an importer and Glass manufacture, the builder of Baywood, a mansion that still stands in Highland Park.
James Scott Negley…Civil War General (December 22, 1826 - August 08, 1901)
The Benney monument...this is a very handsome Mid-Victorian stone, effectively executed in contrasting flat and richly-modeled marble. James Benney, at the time of his death, was listed as a gent, living near the Point.
Lillian Russell Moore mausoleum...the celebrated actress received top billing even in death, though her fourth husband, Alexander Penn Moore, also lies in this remarkable narrow tomb. Lillian Russell (1861-1922) is remembered as a New York chorus girl. Originally from Kansas, she went to New York where she became a famous singer and actress, and then came to Pittsburgh to marry newspaper publisher Alexander Penn Moore. They lived-in the Point Breeze section of Pittsburgh.
The memorial to Stephen Collins Foster, d. 1864, is a replica of the original modest marble stone. He is the composer of many of the most famous American songs...Camptown, Races, Oh Susanna, Old Man River, and My Old Kentucky Home. An annual service is held in January at the graveside, around the anniversary of his death. The parents of Stephen Collins Foster lie next to him.
No pain nor grief nor anxious fear, invade thy bounds no mortal woes
Can reach the peaceful sleeper here, While angels watch the soul repose
Cradle gravestone frames the plot and looks like a cradle without legs..it does not necessarily mean that a small child is buried there. Most often the inside of the cradle is left open and may be planted with flowers or has grass grower in it.
Harry Kendall Thaw (1871-1947)...known for the "Girl on the Red Velvet Swing" Scandal.
A Mid-Victorian monument of Verlinda Stevens, d. 1872. The typical fate of carved marble in an industrial atmosphere has befallen this still-handsome Gothic work.
Gen. Alexander Hays…Civil War General (July 8, 1819-May 5, 1864)
The arched marble monument commemorates the death of James B. Hogg, lost at sea in 1854 in the sinking of the Collins liner Arctic, one of the greatest maritime disasters of the period.