Buried Stones, Buried Dreams

Produced by: 
Mt. Moriah Preservation Society with Scribe Video Center

Individual Film Price:

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $49.95
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $49.95
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $5.95



Precious Places Compilation Price:

This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.1 compilation DVD.
Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $139.00
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $79.00
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00



Scribe Video Center Program:

The Precious Places Community History Project is a community oral history project inviting members of the Philadelphia region's many neighborhoods to document the buildings, public spaces, parks, landmarks and other sites that hold the memories of our communities and define where we live. Precious Places teaches the video production process to participating groups, fostering projects authored by those who intimately know the featured neighborhoods.


Production Consultant: Peter Halperin
Humanities Consultant: Rebekah Buchanan


Film Summary:

Mount Moriah Cemetery occupies a broad expanse of gently rolling land near Cobbs Creek, straddling Southwest Philadelphia and Delaware County. The burial ground features an ornate brownstone gatehouse built in the Norman castellated style, and its gravestones range from humble markers to grand mausoleums. The final resting place of a diverse array of people from the region, Mount Moriah is especially noted for its Civil War soldiers, particularly from the Battle of Gettysburg. Although the cemetery was once one of the Philadelphia region's premiere burial grounds, Mount Moriah gradually fell into disrepair. Garbage littered the grounds, and gravestones lay hidden beneath the undergrowth.

Neighborhood residents and the kin of Mount Moriah's eternal inhabitants are disturbed by the condition of the cemetery, and raise important questions about our responsibilities to the dead. "Cemeteries just can't work without the living," says local historian and author Thomas Keels. Buried Stones, Buried Dreams features those who want to restore the cemetery, out of respect for its war dead, and so that its rich heritage can be passed down to future generations. "When you study how people are buried," says Keels, "you're looking at a social history, an economic history, and racial and religious history of the city of Philadelphia."


June 28, 2011 | “Mount Moriah Cemetery: Cleanup Date Announced,” Field Notes from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia


Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

October 7, 2007 | Broadcast on WHYY-TV


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