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Philadelphia Sights

Laurel Hill Cemetery

  • 3822 Ridge Ave. Map It
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Updated 05/19/2011

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John Notman, architect of the Athenaeum and many other noted local buildings, designed Laurel Hill in 1836. The cemetery is an important example of an early rural burial ground and the first cemetery in America designed by an architect. Its rolling hills overlooking the Schuylkill River, its rare trees, and its monuments and mausoleums sculpted by Alexander Milne Calder, Alexander Stirling Calder, William Strickland, and Thomas U. Walter made it a popular picnic spot in

the 19th century; today it's a great place to stroll on your own, or take a guided tour. Among the notables buried in this 78-acre necropolis are prominent Philadelphians and Declaration of Independence signers. Burials still take place here.

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Address:

3822 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19132, USA

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215-228–8200

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Weekdays 8am–4:30pm; Weekends 9:30am–4:30pm

Updated 05/19/2011

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Victorian Wonderland

If you love Victorian Cemeteries, this is a must see. Beautiful statues of Angeles, people and lions. Be sure to see the burial place of the man leaving his coffin to be with the Angels. Truly unique.

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