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Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19132
215-228-8200
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      Laurel Hill: The Hot Spots & Storied Plots
    • Friday, May 25, 2018
    • In life and in death, we all have stories to tell and what better place to hear tales of wonder than Philadelphia's most famous home of the dead? This monthly tour series provides an informative overview of Laurel Hill's long and colorful history, which includes many of the marble masterpieces, stunning views and legendary stories that afford the cemetery its WOW factor. "The Hot Spots and Storied Plots" is the perfect introductory tour for anyone who enjoys beautiful art, scenic nature and fascinating history. Laurel Hill's experienced graveyard guides will offer visitors a unique perspective for every tour. Tours depart from Laurel Hill Cemetery's Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $12/person; $10/students and seniors; or $9/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.
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      Memorial Day Parade, Service & Reception
    • Sunday, May 27, 2018
    • The traditional Decoration Day service of the Grand Army Meade Post #1 will be recreated at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia in 1868. The entourage will gather at the resting place of General George Gordon Meade, hero of the Battle of Gettysburg, to perform the traditional service honoring all veterans who fell defending the nation. A wreath-laying, speeches and honor guards will enhance the ceremony. The event is co-sponsored in part by the General Meade Society of Philadelphia and the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery. Complimentary beer and refreshments courtesy of the Kearney Kommissary will be served after the service. The event will take place on Sunday, May 27 at 12pm, sharp. Visitors can enter through Laurel Hill's Gatehouse at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. Admission to the event is FREE and open to the public; a $5 donation at the door in support of Laurel Hill Cemetery's work and preservation is suggested and would be much appreciated. Your RSVP is requested.
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      You Can't Make This Stuff Up: Laurel Hill's Peculiar Stories
    • Thursday, May 31, 2018
    • This springtime twilight tour will reveal some of Laurel Hill's more peculiar secrets and prove that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Hear a sampling of incredible--but true--stories of the cemetery's permanent residents including the heiress whose grave required a 24/7 police presence, the physician who took an unexpected post-mortem stroll, and the woman whose husband died in his seat during a performance of "The Merry Widow." This collection of odd tales will surely leave you feeling amazed, amused, and enlightened. The tour will take place on Thursday, May 31 at 6:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery's Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.
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      Music for the Hearing Eye: Concert Atop the Crypts Performed by The Divine Hand Ensemble
    • Saturday, June 2, 2018
    • This summer the Divine Hand Ensemble returns to Laurel Hill for their annual performance atop the crypts. Witness Mano Divina, leader of the Ensemble, harness electricity with his fingertips and draw music out of the air as master of the Theremin, an early electronic musical instrument controlled without discernible physical contact from the player. In addition to this rare instrument, the Ensemble includes a string quartet, classical guitar, two harps, a glockenspiel, a soprano and a tenor, together rendering an unforgettable listening experience. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs, picnics, and/or beverages. The Ensemble has performed at venues throughout the region including Sellersville Theater, PhilaMoca, The Franklin Institute and a special concert for Pope Francis during the World Meeting of Families in 2015. Their music has been described as hypnotic, breathtaking and mesmerizing, an "amalgamation of magic, science and music." There are thus few more appropriately ethereal settings to take in the power of this performance than historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, where the Ensemble will be performing a selection of contemporary and classical compositions for the twenty-first century audience. This twilight concert will take place on Saturday, June 2 at 6:00pm, (with a prescheduled rain date of Sunday, June 3 at 6:00pm.) Gates open at 5:00pm. Ticket holders can check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery's Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $20/person general admission. Advance reservations are requested. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
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      Northside Ramble: Laurel Hill's Original Section
    • Sunday, June 3, 2018
    • Located far from the cemetery's stunning South Section or its well-traveled Millionaires' Row, North Laurel Hill was established in 1836 and undoubtedly holds some of Laurel Hill's most fascinating and timeless stories. An exhumed tobacco heiress, a Civil War hero whose finger was bitten off in combat, and a former congressman that Edgar Allen Poe once dedicated a book to are just a few of the tales that will be explored on this leisurely tour of Laurel Hill's original section. The walking tour will take place on Sunday, June 3 at 1:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery's Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $15/person; $14/students and seniors; or $13/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
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      Cinema in the Cemetery: Edward Scissorhands
    • Friday, June 8, 2018
    • Pack a picnic, gather some friends or a date, and enjoy an evening under the stars. As the sun sets over Laurel Hill's historic tombs, the grainy joys of the film experience will be brought to life during the cemetery's annual summertime movie series. June's feature film, Edward Scissorhands (PG-13) directed by Tim Burton, will be presented in conjunction with the Philadelphia Film Society. From the mind of Tim Burton, this whimsical classic follows its titular, blade-handed hero (Johnny Depp) as he leaves behind his lonely castle and moves in with a kindly Avon lady (Dianne Wiest) and her family. Though initially out of place in their sunny, picture-perfect suburb, Edward manages to win over his new neighbors by creating marvelous, sculpted creations out of everything from topiaries to poodles. Arrive early for a special introduction led by Travis Trew of the Philadelphia Film Society. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs and/or picnics. The screening will take place on Friday, June 8 at 8:00pm (with a prescheduled rain date of Saturday, June 9 at 8:00pm). The cemetery gates open at 7:00pm. Ticket holders can check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery's Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $12/person general admission. Purchasing advance tickets is suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
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      Patriots, Politicians & Playwrights: Philadelphia Lawyers at Laurel Hill
    • Sunday, June 10, 2018
    • For over 200 years, the term "Philadelphia lawyer" has been an iconic description of an attorney who goes the extra mile, maintains the highest ethical standards and, like Rocky Balboa stepping up to Apollo Creed; takes on challenges that lesser lawyers stay away from. Laurel Hill is home to a number of the first "Philadelphia lawyers" as well as others whose courtroom skills and colorful personalities made them among the most talked-about attorneys of their day. Meet the man who investigated Benedict Arnold before he turned traitor, the attorney who was involved in the Court's first argument concerning slave rebellions, and the prosecutors who found second lives as novelists and poets. They may have made their final arguments, but you can ensure their stories live on during this spirited walking tour of their final place of rest. This walking tour will take place on Sunday, June 10 at 1:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery's Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $15/person; $13/students and seniors or $12/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
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      The Devil Inside Me: A Dark History of Serial Murder in Philadelphia (A Lecture Presented by Atlas Obscura)
    • Thursday, June 14, 2018
    • What do Laurel Hill Cemetery and one of history's most infamous serial killers share in common? More than you might think. When one thinks of Philadelphia over the centuries, one might conjure an image of Philadelphia's pivotal place in early American history--its achievements in scientific, social, and medical innovation or its distinctive cuisine. However, there is a darker, more sinister history to the city that is less often discussed. It's a history that has blended into the background with the passage of years in this urban metropolis. You might never have known that Philadelphia has amassed numerous connections to some of the most notorious serial killers and mass murders in the annals of crime. Ryan Coffman of the Philadelphia Obscura Society will resurrect this history and specific location through an expansive lecture on the places and perpetrators throughout Philadelphia that will take you to the unhallowed hinterlands of the human mind and induce you to lock the door and check under your bed for the foreseeable future. Note that this presentation will include graphic content that may be unsettling for some attendees. Discretion is advised. The tour will take place on Thursday, June 14 at 6:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery's Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $15/person. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at via Atlas Obscura.
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      To Set Them Free: Abolitionism and Laurel Hill
    • Saturday, June 16, 2018
    • Philadelphia played a central and indelible part in the struggle to end the evil that was slavery, even as the city itself was sharply and fiercely divided on the issue. Many Philadelphians who made it their purpose to crusade against the institutionalized bondage of African-Americans did so against great opposition and often, great personal danger. Yet, they fought unflinchingly, eventually leading to the Emancipation Proclamation issued on January 1, 1863. On this tour, hear the tales of their struggles and courage as we remember those who fought the good fight against that terrible scourge. This walking tour will take place on Saturday, June 16 at 1:00 pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery's Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $15/person; $13/students and seniors or $12/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online at www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
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      The Soulstice (A Young Friends Event)
    • Saturday, June 23, 2018
    • To kick off the start of summer Laurel Hill Cemetery's Young Friends group, The Antemortem Society, is putting some soul in the solstice with a celebration like no other. The Soulstice will take place on Saturday, June 23rd at 7:00pm in one of the cemetery's most stunning and scenic sections, Millionaires' Row. An enchanting evening awaits as the otherworldly aura of Laurel Hill comes to life at sunset. Dance the night away to live jazz music by Mariposa, while sipping on cocktails and enjoying a beer tasting courtesy of St. Benjamin Brewing Company. Twilight tours of the cemetery's historic grounds and other exciting activities will also be offered throughout the evening. All funds raised from the event support the preservation of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark. Since its founding in 1836, Laurel Hill Cemetery has been a place for the living as well as for the dead. Its 78-acres provide green space for the surrounding community and a place of respite and recreation for the citizens of Philadelphia. Ticket-holders may check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery's main entrance, located at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia PA. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. Tickets for the event are $35 general admission. Advance reservations are requested. Tickets may be purchased online at www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org. Cocktail attire is suggested, along with sensible footwear.