Evans City Cemetery, Night of the Living Dead

Today, on the eve of Halloween 2020, some photos I took last year at a cemetery in Pennsylvania that has become somewhat of a cult cemetery.

Last December we went to Pennsylvania to visit my Aunt Ruth on her 100th birthday. While there we learned that we were not far from the Evans City Cemetery, where the opening scenes of the 1968 zombie horror movie Night of the Living Dead were filmed.  

I saw this movie in the late 1960s and have no desire to see it again. But I do like to visit cemeteries, so we decided to go to this famous cemetery while we were in the area. I never miss an opportunity to visit a cemetery.

Evans City Cemetery.

Evans City Cemetery is a few miles from Evans City, in a hilly area of Pennsylvania. The cemetery is located out in the country, situated on the top of a hill. A long winding drive leads up to the cemetery.

The opening scenes of the movie show Johnny and Barbara driving up that narrow drive to the cemetery.

Driving up to Evans City Cemetery.

Driving up to Evans City Cemetery. Note the road below, in the distance.

Driving up to Evans City Cemetery.

Once Johnny and Barbara arrive at the cemetery they place a wreath on a tombstone next to the Blair tombstone.

Blair tombstone at Evans City Cemetery. The cemetery chapel in the background.

Unfortunately I did not get the best shot of the Blair tombstone. I was focused on the other tombstone made famous by the movie, the Kramer tombstone.

Nicholas Kramer tombstone, Evans City Cemetery. (2019 photo by Karen)

As the movie continues, a zombie appears, attacks and knocks out Johnny. Barbara runs away in fear. At one point Barbara clings to the Kramer tombstone.

Nicholas Kramer (1842-1917) served in the Civil War.

Coins placed on Nicholas Kramer tombstone, for his Civil War service.

Standing by Kramer tombstone.

Kramer monument, Evans City Cemetery.

The names of Nicholas Kramer’s wife Mary and some of their children are inscribed on the other faces of the main monument. The small stones behind the main monument are for their children. There is also a Civil War marker for Nicholas.

The chapel, located near the entrance to the cemetery, is in some movie scenes.

Evans City Cemetery Chapel.

Barbara eventually runs out of the cemetery, to the countryside below, and the gruesome movie continues on to its finale.

Barbara ran from the cemetery down to the road below.

We visited Evens City Cemetery on a bright crisp morning and fortunately we did not see any zombies. We found it to be a nice, peaceful cemetery. Although, as I looked back through my photos, I do not remember seeing someone standing by that tall monument…

Person standing by tall monument??

More photos from Evans City Cemetery:

Evans City Cemetery

Evans City Cemetery

Evans City Cemetery

I was never much of a zombie fan, but I do watch the series The Walking Dead and its spin-off shows. Amazingly, I find The Walking Dead less disturbing than the original Night of the Living Dead.

This year I don’t know which is scarier, Halloween or the events of 2020. A couple thoughts about Halloween this year:

Does anyone else feel like Halloween is unnecessary this year? I’ve been wearing a mask and eating candy for 8 months now and I don’t think I need a day dedicated to it anymore.

For my Halloween costume I’m going to dress as a normal person with no mask, since that seems to scare the begibbies out of everyone.   

Happy Halloween, everyone!


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    • Kenny on October 30, 2020 at 6:04 am
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    • Virginia Britten on October 30, 2020 at 3:19 pm
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    Happy Halloween! I loved your visit to this cemetery and I love your Halloween costume! Keep writing, I love it!

    1. Thanks!

  1. Hi Karen, I get here to read your posts and the history of places, people and everything else you put. Just wanted to let you know I really appreciate what you do. I have been working on my family tree for about 10 years now. It is really interesting finding our history. I’m afraid it may get lost sometime .
    So keep up the work you do. Sincerely: Randy

    1. Thank you so much! I see that you have found how interesting and addicting family history is. Thanks for writing!

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