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Bear Lake Cemetery
Freehold Township

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This quiet little cemetery is located east of Bear Lake on Route 958, very near Bear Lake. Now if that's confusing, here's why - there's a village of Bear Lake and, of course, a lake by the same name. Bear Lake Cemetery is not visible from either the village or the lake, but sits at the intersection of Route 958 and Greeley Street (follow Greeley west to see the village of Bear Lake).

Bear Lake Cemetery

Looking east into the cemetery. The grounds are mostly level, with a gently sloping hill on the south end.
A copse of trees on the southeast blocks any view of the nearby lake.


Driving directions from the Hickory Street bridge in Warren (about 25 miles; 35 minutes): Drive east on Pennsylvania Ave W/US-6 (business route) to Market Street. Turn left on Market Street and drive north into North Warren. Turn left at a traffic light onto Jackson Run road (PA Route 69). Follow Route 69 through Chandlers Valley and on into Sugar Grove. Turn left in Sugar Grove onto Route 957 and into the village of Lottsville. At the main and only intersection in town, routes 957 and 958 join. Continue west a short distance out of the village and watch closely for the right turn to follow Route 958 to Bear Lake. A T-intersection brings you to the cemetery, clearly visible from the road on the right. While there are several little lanes in, the easiest access into the grounds can be found by turning right on Route 958 and looking for the gravel road on the right.

There is room to tuck your car on the shoulder, cemetery-side, of Route 958, but safer to drive into Bear Lake Cemetery.

Take a stroll through the cemetery...


On the left, the dirt track leading into the cemetery from the west side.

Bear Lake Cemetery

On an emerging gravestone, the surname Martin. Grave marker on the left: Grace G., 1883-1946, and Kenneth M., 1881-1972
See more on Find A Grave about this couple, including parents, siblings, and children.


Wilber R. Faulkner
Born November 4, 1800 - died June 3, 1896

Bear Lake Cemetery

Anna A. Robison, his wife
born September 29, 1804 - died February 1896


A line of big maples along the east side of Route 958 defines the site.

Bear Lake Cemetery

Sadly, some of the old trees have been cut down but not replaced.


The grounds are roughly rectangular with a predominance of old stones on the west side, some large but none monumental.

Enoch Bordwell, 1823 - 1880

Bear Lake Cemetery

and wife Julia Bordwell, 1827 - 1917


The grounds are well maintained. A lightly-used road traverses the length of the cemetery.

Bear Lake Cemetery

All photos taken by Penelope Repko

The newer section on the east includes a wonderful view of farm land and forest stretching into the distance.


Over 800 burials are listed on Find-A-Grave - Bear Lake Cemetery, many with photographs of individual headstones.

Alphabetical transcription of tombstones - contributed by Dee Davidson.




Contributions are always welcome by sending information to the Warren County coordinator.

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