The mission statement of the BCAGP as a nonprofit association is to preserve and maintain historic Berks County graveyards in Eastern Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Historic Burial Places Preservation Act of April 29, 1994 provides for the preservation of historic burial places and tombs, monuments and gravestones and imposing penalties. “A historic burial place is a tract of land that has been in existence as a burial ground for more than 100 years wherein there have been no burials for at least 50 years and wherein there will be no future burials.”

This law also restricts a municipality to alienate or condemn through eminent domain proceedings a historic burial place or appropriate a historic burial place to any use other than that of a burial ground.

The above law also states that no portion of any such burial place shall be taken for public use without the approval of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Should such approval not be granted within a time period, not to exceed one year from the date approval was sought, approval shall be sought from the General Assembly.

Research supports the existence of over 300 historic graveyards in Berks County. Of these approximately 120 remain with some sort of visible surface evidence. The BCAGP is working aggressively to preserve any and all evidence of Berks County’s early history and particularly these historic graveyards for future generations.

Support from membership, donations, and proceeds from sale of publications help to provide funds for our activities.

Upcoming Events

  • November 2023 Board Meeting
    The next board of directors meeting of BCAGP will be November 5th at 1 PM at the Oley Legion Hall. Please note this is an earlier start time than our usual meetings. We encourage membership to attend.
  • Deturk 2 Clean up
    NOTE DATE CHANGE!!! There will be a clean up of the Deturk 2 in Oley Wednesday Sept. 27 at 9am. String and Metal Trimmers, loppers, rakes and gloves will be among the tools needed. Directions: From RT 73 and DeTurk Road in Oley, turn onto Deturk Rd away from Oley. After a block, Deturk Rd bends […]
  • BCAGP Meeting Sept 17
    Our next meeting will be on Sunday, Sept 17, 2023, beginning at 2 PM. We meet at the Oley American Legion, DeTurk Rd and Route 73 in Oley.
  • BCAGP Meeting
    The next meeting of BCAGP will be on Sunday, Aug 13, 2023 beginning at 2 PM. We meet at the Oley American Legion at DeTurk Rd and Route 73 in Oley.
  • See us at the Kutztown Folk Fest
    We will be at the Kutztown Folkfest July 1st through 9th!