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West Granville Cemetery Tour

Previous event held on June 1, 2024

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West Granville Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Milwaukee County located in the far northwest corner of the county that was known as Granville Township. The first burial took place in 1844, and the cemetery was incorporated in 1852.  Many of the early settlers and their families who lived in the settlements of Granville Station, Granville Center, and West Granville, all parts of Granville Township, are buried in the cemetery.

The location of the cemetery was a deciding factor in the founding of one of the oldest Christian congregations in Milwaukee County. The Evangelical and Reformed Church of Granville, founded on December 25, 1847, was located directly south of the cemetery. Today that church is Salem Lutheran Church located across the street from the cemetery. The Salem Landmark Church, built in 1863 which served the congregation until 1977, is today a museum for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

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Our synod’s constitution was signed in a small log cabin church right next to this cemetery. It was neat to hear about the life and times of the people who were actual members of the congregation when the constitution was signed 175 years ago. Fascinating!

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