Thursday, August 2 at 6m
Whether it be frozen on mountaintops, liquid in the ocean, forming into rivers and streams, flowing through underground piping, bubbling up from deep wells or exiting via faucets and into bathtubs, water can be a constant in our lives – and a silent witness to our deaths, or even an unwelcome visitor after we are long gone. This tour reveals a water connection to a wide range of Laurel Hill denizens. Stops will include the graves of passengers in the worst maritime disasters of the 19th and 20th centuries, students succumbing to death at a prestigious boarding school, medical martyrs of a devastating epidemic and a family seemingly haunted by a water curse. And then there is always that evening dip in the ocean, or a rude awakening by the water department.
So grab your favorite bottle of water and hydrate yourself for a unique summer evening’s stroll high above the banks of the Schuylkill River while exercising your brain waves. After this tour you might never look at water the same way again because it might just bear witness to you!
The walking tour will take place on Thursday, August 2 at 6:00pm. Enter 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 and within the cemetery. The cost is $20/person; $18/students and seniors and $17/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.
Tour Guide: Nancy W. Wright