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Kipptown Cemetery

In 1820, Isaac (1780–1830) and Susanna (Vaughan) Kipp were the first to settle along the East Branch of the Wallenpaupack Creek in what would be known as Kipptown. Isaac had been a schoolteacher in Philadelphia before purchasing land in Greene. Issac built a sawmill along the East Branch and he and Susanna lived in the first frame house in the township. When Isaac died in 1830 at the age of 50, he was buried on the hillside above his home overlooking the creek. Over the years, the burial ground became the resting place for several members of the family, including 14 with the last name of Kipp, as well as other residents of area. Benjamin Kipp, the grandson of Isaac and Susanna, donated the land to be used as a burial ground without charge, and in 1950 it was donated to the Kipptown Cemetery Association. Today the cemetery is cared for by volunteers who participate in the Historical Society’s Adopt-a-Cemetery Program.

Since stones can become lost or illegible over time, it is difficult to know for certain how many people are interred in Kipptown Cemetery. The Historical Society has documented 223 individuals, plus various stones that either couldn’t be read or were footers or supplementary stones. The earliest date on a marker is 1826, for for infant Sarah Owens Burrus, but it appears that burials in the cemetery began in 1842 and hers is likely just there to honor her memory. Eleven known veterans are buried in Kipptown Cemetery—eight veterans of the Civil War and three of World War I. The last burial for which there is a record was in 1999.