Crown Hill CemeteryCrown Hill consists of some 555 acres. t is estimated that 82% of those who lived in Indianapolis prior to 1825, and who stayed here, are now buried at Crown Hill. Crown Hill is the 3rd largest (non-government) cemetery in the United States. 1,200 to 1,500 burials are made at Crown Hill each year, with over 180,000 total. Crown Hill contains 25 miles of paved roads. Is the only Indiana cemetery with a U.S. President, 3 Vice Presidents, and 4 unsuccessful VP candidates. The cemetery was listed on The National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
National CemeteryThe "Confederate Mound," located
By wandering through just a handful of the cemetery's burial sections, you will discover first hand Victorian and modern day attitudes toward death and memorialization and see the symbolism used in a variety of statues, monuments, and mausoleums. By driving to the sections we walk through, we will maximize our viewing of some of Crown Hill's most beautiful monuments. The regular tour lasts 1 1/2 to 2 hours, but optional additions to visit some of the statues in the less often seen
Confederate MoundThe Civil War was still being fought when Crown Hill opened its gates in 1864. On this tour we examine the lives of the many brave soldiers and generals who took part in the War Between the States, and of the politicians, journalists, and even household servants whose lives influenced and were influenced by our country's great conflict. Walking Tour, approximately one mile, 1 1/2 hours. Click here to learn more about the "Confederate Mound", the final resting place
Crown Hill's AuthorsA driving/walking tour in which we will see the graves of several of Indian's early poets, three of the giants of the Golden Age of Indiana Literature, Abe Martin's Kin Hubbard and other more contemporary writers like Etheridge Knight, and family members of Indianapolis' two best known contemporary writers, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Dan Wakefield. Not only are their lives discussed, but we will read selections from their works, many of which refer to Crown Hill or some of its permanent residents. Approximately 1 1/2 hours.
Crown Hill's Actors, Artists, Architects and MusiciansStroll to the ragtime music of Julia Niebergall
Crown Hills African AmericansLearn about our city's Black heritage as we see where some of our most famous and influential African American citizens like James T. V. Hill, Rev. Mozel Sanders, Charles Taylor, Roger Brown and many more are buried.
Learn the early history of Indianapolis through the stories of those who lived here between 1820 and 1850. See the graves of the men whose names live on through our street names: Fletcher, Morris, McCarty; of Alexander Ralston, the man who platted out our city streets, and of other men and women who contributed to our city and states early social, political, and commercial development. Walking Tour, approximately one mile, 1 1/2 hours.
This walking/driving tour will take us to the graves of Crown Hill's famous and infamous not necessarily covered on any of the other tours, such as Robert Irsay, John Dillinger, Nancy Clem, and Cannonball Baker. Because of Indianapolis place as Indians capital city, and Indiana's pivotal place in national politics in the late 19th and early 20th century, on this tour we are able to visit the grave sites of one president, three vice presidents (more than in any other cemetery), three other prominent, though unsuccessful vice presidential candidates, ten Indiana governors, fourteen U.S. Senators, and numerous other cabinet officers, representatives, diplomats, state legislators, and mayors. The tour is made more interesting by giving many personal anecdotes which reveal their personalities and not just their politics. Walking Tour, 1 1/2 to 2 hours, a little over a mile.
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