Upcoming auction in Malvern on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10 a.m. for the sale of the historic “Hardesty Homestead” on East Main Street. The home has been the residence of the Kraft family for several decades.
This large brick home was built between the years 1824-27 by Rev. William Hardesty who platted the original town of Troy (respectively now Malvern) in 1834. The property consists of 7+ acres which includes the family burial ground containing the mortal remains of some of Malvern’s founding citizens.
This historic property has strong ties as a safe house along the Underground Railroad and the burial grounds on the property are said to be the resting place of two fugitive slaves who perished while in the care of the Hardesty family.
Several representatives from the Malvern Historical Society took part in the clean-up of the old Hardesty Cemetery this past Saturday. This is in preparation for the upcoming auction of the home and property (includes the cemetery) this coming Saturday, October 15. Credit is extended to Malvern school teacher Matt Chiurco for spearheading the project….thank you!
This hallowed burial ground contains the mortal remains of some of Malvern’s most notable pioneers and founders.
The first documented burial is 1836 with the final internment taking place in 1883. There are a total of 36 known burials, but likely more with unmarked graves. The man who built the old “Hardesty Homestead” to be auctioned in less than one week is buried on these grounds. Said Rev. William Hardesty platted the original village of Troy (respectively today’s Malvern).
Also buried on the grounds are Malvern’s first mayor, first banker, two early Malvern postmasters, and a Carroll County auditor. The grounds also contain the remains of numerous infants and children. Legend has it the grounds contain the remains of two fugitive slaves Hardesty was aiding in their journey to freedom. The slaves perished while in his care and he buried them on his property, as is passed down through Hardesty family remembrances.
The cemetery contains the remains of three Civil War soldiers. Many thanks to Frank Chiurco for doing the honors of placing American flags on those three graves along with Malvern American Legion Post 375 for donating the flags.
This sanctified ground is now presentable to the future owners, to be discovered this Saturday morning. It is hoped they treat the grounds with the respect and reverence it deserves.
Bonnie Newell Chiurco, of Newell Realty and Auctions (who will be in charge of the upcoming sale) writes:
“This Sat we are selling the Kraft property at auction. There is a cemetery on the land with 35 graves. I want to thank our son, Matt & some of his students that came to work over the weekend to clean up the area. They did an awesome job and I want to thank them so much for their help. I’d also like to thank Doug Angeloni, Jason Lombardi, Charm Woods and Lynn Edwards for their help. This group was able to find 32 headstones. My last thanks goes out to my husband, Frank for the many hours he spent there with his tractor & mower making it possible to access the cemetery. Again, I feel we live in the best area in the country where people willingly give of their time to help others.”
It is kindly reminded the burial grounds are on private property and permission must be obtained to view the area.
Thank you to the volunteers who gave of their time and strengths to resurrect an integral piece of Malvern history.
Thank you to Bonnie Chiurco for providing the photos for us to share.