Historic bell will ring to honor veterans in Germantown for Memorial Day

In honor of our nation’s veterans, the bell at the Concord School House will be rung on Memorial Day in Germantown at an event which will include free tours of the school and the surrounding burial grounds, which date back to 1692.

Built as an English-language academy in 1775, the Concord School House and the Upper Burying Ground is one of the only in-tact schoolhouses of its kind in the country.

More than 50 Revolutionary War soldiers are laid to rest in the Upper Burying Ground near the school. The burial ground includes blacks, whites, Native Americans, Germans, English, Irish, Catholics and Protestants.

Historians have proposed that the name Concord came from the fact that the cemetery on which the school sits included residents from different religious denominations being together “in sweet concord.”

Event schedule

The grounds, located at 6309 Germantown Ave., will be open to the public from 12 to 3 p.m. Monday with guided tours at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Visitors may also explore the Lower Burying Grounds also known as Hood Cemetery, located at 4901 Germantown Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with guided tours at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m..

The Concord School bell, added to the site in 1818, will ring at 2 p.m. to honor veterans.

Visit www.freedomsbackyard.com or call (215) 844-1683 for more information.

Check NewsWorks on Friday for a story with other Memorial Day Weekend events scheduled for Northwest Philadelphia.

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