LUNCHBOX LECTURE: MEET THE ENTERTAINERS 
As the days grow shorter and the chill of the winter season settles upon us, Laurel Hill’s 78 acres of enchanting landscape becomes increasingly difficult to traverse by foot. The Lunchbox Lecture series offers visitors the opportunity to tour and explore the Cemetery from the seated comfort of the warm indoors. From America’s first ballerina to the contemporary stars of cinema (hint: YO! Adrian!), the final curtain call of the series will feature a look into the cemetery’s most prolific entertainers who now call the cemetery home.
 

The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 12 at 10:00am. The cost is $8/person general admission. Tickets may be purchased in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online. Advanced reservations are requested and seating is limited.


Upon arrival, check in at 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.
 
Guide: Terri Greenberg 
 
 
ST. PATRICK'S DAY TOUR, TOASTS AND TASTES  

You don’t have to be Irish to be part of this festive St. Patrick’s Day tour and reception. Though dead men tell no tales, there are two places that we can learn much about them:  the wake-house and Laurel Hill Cemetery. Join us at the latter, as we celebrate the “spirit” of St. Patrick’s Day, while honoring the heritage and accomplishments of our proudest Irish souls, now gone to their final reward. ‘Tis a festive occasion to be enjoyed by the living, for earth has no sorrows that heaven cannot heal! No St. Patrick’s Day would be complete without beer and Irish food; sample both at the after-tour reception in Laurel Hill’s historic Gatehouse.

 

The event will be led by Jerry McCormick of Six Counties’ descent, and his counterpart rebel of native Irish birth, Bill Doran. It will take place on Sunday, March 15 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 $20/person; $18/students and seniors. Advance registration is requested. Tickets can be purchased by calling (215) 228-8200 or online.
 
Guides: Bill Doran and Jerry McCormick 
 
 
 
CLASSY BROADS and DARING DAMES:
THE LADIES OF NORTH LAUREL HILL
A WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM 

 

Laurel Hill Cemetery marks Women’s History Month with a program honoring some of their most accomplished broads and dames. What do a Revolutionary War lady patriot, the first burial at Laurel Hill, a great-granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin, and a famous publisher and anti-suffragette have in common? The easy answer is that they are all buried in North Laurel Hill, the Cemetery’s oldest section. Join us as we unearth their stories, along with those of other women whose contributions to science and other disciplines have made life as we know it possible. This inspirational walking tour will conclude with a toast to classy broads and daring dames of past…and present.

 

The tour will take place on Saturday, March 21 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 $12/person; or $10/students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.


 

Guide: Carol Yaster



 

 

MONTHLY FOURTH FRIDAY TOUR SERIES:

HOT SPOTS and STORIED PLOTS

 

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? Join Laurel Hill Cemetery for an informative overview of Laurel Hill’s long and colorful history, which will include many of the marble masterpieces, stunning views and legendary stories that afford the cemetery its WOW factor. This is the perfect tour for first-time visitors to Laurel Hill, and anyone else who enjoys beautiful art, scenic nature and fascinating history. “Hot Spots and Storied Plots” will be presented monthly as part of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Fourth Friday tour series, which takes place on the fourth Friday of every month at 10:00am.


March’s walking tour will take place on Friday, March 27 at 10:00am, 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 $8/person general admission; $5/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.


 

Guide: Sarah Hamill 

 

 

 

DESIGNING FOR THE DEAD: THE ART and ARCHITECTURE OF LAUREL HILL CEMETERY 

Noted architects like John Notman, William Strickland, Frank Furness, John J. McArthur, C.C. Zantzinger, Horace Trumbauer and Napoleon LeBrun competed fiercely for the chance to design for the dead. Join us on a walking tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery, where we will see monuments created by these early architects, as well as artists such as Alexander Milne Calder, his son Alexander Stirling Calder, and sculptress Harriet Frishmuth, whose works grace many of Laurel Hill’s memorials. Tour stops will also include the gravesites of portraitist Thomas Sully and watercolorist William Trost Richards. The tour will examine changing tastes and fashions in grave markers over the past two centuries, from the classical obelisks and urns of the Federal period, to the richly decorated crosses of the Gothic Revival, to the massive mausoleums of the Gilded Age.


This walking tour will take place on Saturday, March 28 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 $12/person; or $10/students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.

 

 

Guide: Thomas Keels