DOCTORS' ORDERS: LAUREL HILL'S PHYSICIANS AND THEIR PATIENTS

Since the time of Hippocrates, the doctor-patient relationship has been regarded as the foundation of good health care. From the physicians who were closer than a heartbeat to the Presidency; the doctor who prescribed isolation and a milk-based diet to treat anxiety; to the woman who earned France’s highest military award before American women were allowed to vote; doctors and patients have relied on good faith throughout the ages. And yet, no matter the prognosis, treatment or outcome, “death is the destination we all share.” Let Laurel Hill write you a prescription to cure your post-winter blues; join us for a fascinating walking tour that examines the relationships between the Cemetery’s most medicinal residents and their patients.

 

This walking tour will take place on Saturday, April 11 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: Tom Stringer 

 

 

 

SURRENDER AT APPOMATTOX: THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR


With General Robert E. Lee’s men surrounded and fatigued, the Confederate General had little choice but to consider surrendering his troops to General Grant. The events that followed at the Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865 triggered a series of surrenders across the south, and set the stage for the conclusion of America’s bloodiest war.  This walking tour will focus on those individuals who were principally engaged in the events that led to the surrender of the Confederate forces 150 years ago. 

 

This walking tour will take place on Sunday, April 12 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. 

 

Guides: Russ Dodge and Andy Waskie, Ph.D.

 

 



PATRIOTS, POLITICIANS and PLAYWRIGHTS: PHILADELPHIA LAWYERS at LAUREL HILL

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 Saturday, April 18 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: Steve Chawaga

 

 

 

LIBERTY or DEATH:

REVOLUTIONARY WAR HEROES of LAUREL HILL

The American Revolution began with the first exchange of fire between British and American forces at Lexington on April 19. Tensions building between the colonists and the British authorities had finally boiled over. “Give me liberty or give me death!” is the now famous line often attributed to Patrick Henry and his 1775 speech. But what about the Founding Fathers and patriots who truly did give their lives for that freedom we hold so near and dear to our hearts? Join us as we hear their rousing stories of victory, tragedy and revolution from their final places of rest here at Laurel Hill.

 

The walking tour will take place on Sunday, April 19 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: Russ Dodge

 

 

 

MONTHLY FOURTH FRIDAY TOUR SERIES:

HOT SPOTS and STORIED PLOTS

In life and in death, we all have stories to tell. 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.



April’s walking tour will take place on Friday, April 24 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. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online

 

Guide: Kristie Bergey
 
 
 
WHAT'S YOUR SIGN? ASTROLOGY WITH A SENSE OF HUMORS

Originating in Ancient Greece and continuing well into the 1800s, the theory of the four bodily humors has influenced medical practices for centuries. The Greeks believed that internal fluids (blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile) could be used to describe human temperament, psyche and psychology. These fluids were in turn connected to the four seasons, and astrology’s essential elements of air, water, earth and fire. Maintaining a good balance of the humors was vital for maintaining a healthy body, mind and spirit. From the internal body to the celestial bodies above, meet the residents who exemplify traits of each humor and corresponding astrological sign.

 

Afterwards, take a scientific tour of the cosmos with local astronomers at Laurel Hill. As part of the Philadelphia Science Festival (www.philascinecefestival.org), over 20 venues in and around the city will play host to astronomy night star parties with amateur astronomers coming out en mass with their telescopes to show locals the wonders of the night sky. Stargazing in the Cemetery is free and open to the public.

 

The walking tour will take place on Friday, April 24 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 $12/person; or $10/students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door, in advance by phone (215) 228-8200, or online.

 

Guides: Sonia Krutzke and Terri Greenberg 


 

 

ASTRONOMY NIGHT: STARGAZING from the CEMETERY
(a Philadelphia Science Festival Event)
 

Grab a blanket and take a tour of the cosmos with local astronomers. As part of the Philadelphia Science Festival (www.philasciencefestival.org), over 20 venues in and around the city will play host to astronomy night star parties with amateur astronomers coming out en mass with their telescopes to show locals the wonders of the night sky. If you have your own telescope or binoculars, bring them along! Don’t forget to bring your own blankets, beach chairs, beverages and/or snacks! Laurel Hill will also offer a raffle, and an array of merchandise for sale. Relaxing and stargazing from Philly’s most ethereal site = a perfect way to end the week!

 

Astronomy Night at Laurel Hill Cemetery will take place on Friday, April 24. Gates open at 7:30pm. 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. For additional information, phone (215) 228-8200 or visit us online.

 
 
 
BONES BELLS and WHISTLES: A HISTORY OF PHILLY'S SCIENTIFIC MEN and WOMEN
(a Philadelphia Science Festival Event)
 
SOLD OUT  

Who was the physician who extracted a bullet from Andrew Jackson’s shoulder after a duel? The civil engineer who designed the first wire-cable suspension bridge in the United States?

 

Philadelphia has long been on the “cutting edge” of some of our greatest advances in history and the science field is no exception. Join us as we visit the final resting places of these important men and women and hear their stories of pioneering scientific discovery and practice. Along the way, we’ll build an astrolabe near David Rittenhouse and conduct an experiment to identify the differences between marble, granite and metal headstones.

 

As part of the Philadelphia Science Festival’s (www.philasciencefestival.org) Explorer Programs, this hands-on, interactive tour is recommended for children ages 10 and up. The program will take place on Sunday, April 26 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 $5/person at the door; or FREE for those who register in advance. Reservations may be made in advance by phone (215) 228-8200, or through e-mail.

 

Guide: Russ Dodge