A Changing Landscape: Spring Tour and Hike

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Laurel Hill is more than a burial ground – it is a landscape that has changed as the city of Philadelphia has changed and evolved. Originally outside of the Philadelphia’s city limits, it is now nestled between Ridge Avenue and Fairmount Park.

Steve Maurer, retired Public Relations Manager with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Nemours Mansion and Gardens, and former chair of the Brandywine Museum and Garden Alliance will weave Laurel Hill gravesite history with the three environmental R’s that have influenced the landscape of the city and cemetery: Reserving, Restoring and Reconciling. The tour will highlight the yellow fever epidemic and the monument to its eradication, the first American exploration superstar Elisha Kent Kane and Charles Epting Vansant who is now linked to the movie Jaws for being the first casualty of the 1916 New Jersey shark attacks. Between the history highlights, unique trees will be pointed out that have shaded our residents and feathered and furry neighbors that shelter beneath their boughs as well.

The tour will take place on Saturday, May 18 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. Birding glasses and sturdy walking shoes are strongly encouraged.

The cost is $15/person or $12/members. Reservations are suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

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