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Top 10 Reasons To Visit Laurel Hill Cemetery


Laurel Hill Cemetery


Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA


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10. Art & Architecture:
Laurel Hill is an outdoor sculpture garden and museum.

9. History, History, History:
If you want history...we have history. In fact, we are history. Laurel Hill is the second oldest rural garden cemetery in the nation.

8. Beautiful Green Space:
Originally founded as a cemetery and arboretum, Laurel Hill's location was ultimately chosen for its scenic vistas and landscapes.

7. Civil War:
General George G. Meade, victorious commander of the Union Army at the Battle of Gettysburg, and over forty other Civil War era generals reside at Laurel Hill.

6. Millionaire's Row:
Many of Philadelphia's most prominent and wealthy industrial magnates are buried here.

5. R.M.S. Titanic:
There are six Titanic related victims and survivors at Laurel Hill.

4. Language of the Dead:
Our monuments speak a subtle but complex Victorian symbolic language that reveals the secrets of the dead resting beneath them.

3. Gravediggers' Ball:
The Gravediggers' Ball is our crowning annual event. Mingle with some of our most famous residents. And enjoy an evening of great food, great fun and even better company.

2. Genealogy:
Our extensive archives date back to the cemetery's founding, and include a wealth of historical resources, such as burial records, photographs, family correspondence and newspaper articles.

1. The Laurel Hill Experience:
Laurel Hill provides visitors with a truly unique experience, based around educational programs, breathtaking scenery, and the inspiring stories of countless remarkable people. Visit us, and bury your mind in all that we have to offer.



Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

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