Birmingham Lafayette Cemetery - West Chester, Pennsylvania
1235 Birmingham Road
West Chester, PA 19382
Office hours of the superintendent are 10 till 4pm, Monday through Friday.
Birmingham Lafayette is a non-profit cemetery with a fairly healthy amount of cash reserves. At the end of 2015 they had $2,627,320. In addition, they are still selling burial plots, so that fund has a good chance to continue growing.
$84,170 of their 2015 revenue came from burials.
$12,358 came from foundations.
$46,734 came from lot sales.
This is a nice out-in-the-country type of cemetery. Part of the revolutionary war was fought here and the dead from both sides are beneath this ground in mass graves.
The cemetery has a serene, tranquil setting. Many of the gravestones are old. Some are quite unusual. I really enjoyed my visit here.
Form 990 showing financial condition.
Pricing information as of April 2017:
$1500 for opening and closing an adult grave requiring no special equipment.
$1800 for opening and closing an adult grave at double depth.
$450 is the extra charge they impose for opening and closing a grave on a Saturday or Sunday.
$1000 for opening and closing a grave for cremated remains requiring no special equipment.
$200 is the extra charge for opening and closing a cremated remains grave on a weekend.
Burials of children under 2 years of age:
$650 for opening and closing a child's grave, no special equipment.
Grave lot pricing (includes perpetual care):
$9000 for an 8 grave lot.
5000 for a 4 grave lot.
$3000 for a 2 grave lot.
$1700 for a 1 grave lot.
$1000 for a cremains lot, which includes 2 spaces.
$250 for a permit to remove and replace a monument.
Minimum foundation fee is $275. The rate is calculated at 65 cents per square inch.
There could be additional charges for dealing with frozen ground, rock, or roots.
A concrete or steal casket vault is required for all interments, including for cremains urns.
A grave is 4' x 8'. Headstones cannot exceed 4' in height and 16" front to back.
"Stones or monuments other than conventional style, shape or material must be approved by the cemetery board."