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Holliday Cemetery

Posted in Historical Places in Blair County, Pa.

hollidaythumbThe Holliday Cemetery was started in the late 1700s

Mr, Adam Holliday, a founding father of Hollidaysburg, while working in the fields near Fort Holliday with his children was attacked by local Indians.  Mr. Holliday was able to escape on horseback with his two sons, John and James, to the nearby Fort Roberdeau.  His eldest son, Patrick, and daughter, Jeannette, were unable to escape the Indian attack and were buried where they lay.  This location is the Holliday Cemetery. On June 14, 1917, a monument in honor of the Holliday family was placed near the graves of Adam, Patrick, and Jeannette by the Blair County Historical Society.

 

Next to the Holliday burial grounds is the Jackson Cemetery.  Thomas W. Jackson, a former resident of Gaysport, is buried there.  Mr. Thomas was a District Attorney for Blair County and a Huntingdon County Senator.  In addition to these accomplishments, Mr. Jackson was chairman of the Pennsylvania Canal Committee; this committee was involved in making the town of Hollidaysburg the western terminal for the area Canal system.  There are about 50-60 people buried at this cemetery.  No one has been buried there since 1900.

The Holliday Cemetery is located in Blair Township across from the township office on Cedarcrest Drive.

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