The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

Friday, June 22 at 10am

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? This monthly tour series provides an informative overview of Laurel Hill’s long and colorful history, which includes many of the marble masterpieces, stunning views and legendary stories that afford the cemetery its WOW factor. “The Hot Spots and Storied Plots” is the perfect introductory tour for anyone who enjoys beautiful art, scenic nature and fascinating history. Laurel Hill’s experienced graveyard guides will offer visitors a unique perspective for every tour.

The walking tour will take place on Friday, June 22 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 $12/person; $10/students and seniors; or $9/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

Tours take place on the Second Saturday and Fourth Friday of each month; and every Friday at 10am during the summer months (June through August).

Tour Guide: Ellen Silverberg-Brennan

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    The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Friday, June 22 at 10am

    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? This monthly tour series provides an informative ove…

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    The Soulstice (a Young Friends Event)

    Saturday, June 23 at 7pm

    Due to weather, we have made the very difficult decision to CANCEL this event. Please join us for another tour or program soon. To kick off the start of summer Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Young Friends…

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    The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Friday, June 29 at 10am

    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? This monthly tour series provides an informative ove…

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    The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Friday, July 6 at 10am

    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? This monthly tour series provides an informative ove…

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    Yoga in the Cemetery

    Saturday, July 7 at 10am

    Find inner tranquility and balance during a one-hour yoga session in the peaceful backdrop of Laurel Hill Cemetery, overlooking the Schuylkill River. Sessions will be led by experienced yoga instructo…

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    The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Friday, July 13 at 10am

    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? This monthly tour series provides an informative ove…

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    The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Saturday, July 14 at 10am

    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? This monthly tour series provides an informative ove…

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    Forever Young: Died Before Their Time

    Sunday, July 15 at 10am

    Within its boundaries Laurel Hill Cemetery contains the remains of thousands of souls, all of whom have their own stories to tell. Perhaps the most poignant of these tales are those of the children lo…

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    40th Anniversary Art Reception

    Thursday, July 18th at 6:00 PM

    Laurel Hill Cemetery is hosting a retrospective art exhibit to celebrate 40 years of our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization: The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery. This exhibit will consist of works in di…

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    The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Friday, July 20 at 10am

    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? This monthly tour series provides an informative ove…

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    The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Friday, July 27 at 10am

    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? This monthly tour series provides an informative ove…

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    Drip Drop, You’re Dead: Water As Witness

    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, wa…

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    The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Friday, August 3 at 10am

    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? This monthly tour series provides an informative ove…

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    Yoga in the Cemetery

    Saturday, August 4 at 10am

    Find inner tranquility and balance during a one-hour yoga session in the peaceful backdrop of Laurel Hill Cemetery, overlooking the Schuylkill River. Sessions will be led by experienced yoga instructo…

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    The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Friday, August 10 at 10am

    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? This monthly tour series provides an informative ove…

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    The Ghostly Circus: Fire and Aerial Theater

    Friday, August 10 & Saturday, August 11 at 7pm

    This summer 7textures will return to Laurel Hill for a fifth year of enchanting fire and aerial performances with the Ghostly Circus. In this theatrical presentation amid the tombs, artists will build…

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    The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Saturday, August 11 at 10am

    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? This monthly tour series provides an informative ove…

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    The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Friday, August 17 at 10am

    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? This monthly tour series provides an informative ove…

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    The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Friday, August 24 at 10am

    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? This monthly tour series provides an informative ove…

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    Famous Fights and Feuds

    Thursday, August 30 at 6pm

    All may be peaceful in the cemetery now, but that wasn’t always the case. Some of our permanent residents got themselves involved in epic disagreements which lasted years, and had far reaching…

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    The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Friday, August 31 at 10am

    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? This monthly tour series provides an informative ove…

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    Yoga in the Cemetery

    Saturday, September 1st, at 10 am

    Find inner tranquility and balance during a one-hour yoga session in the peaceful backdrop of Laurel Hill Cemetery, overlooking the Schuylkill River. Sessions will be led by experienced yoga instructo…

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    Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Saturday, September 8th at 10:00 am

    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 overvie…

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    Gone But Not Forgotten: Market of the Macabre

    Saturday, September 8, 12-5pm

    Peruse a curated collection of unusual antiques, assorted oddities, vintage items, artwork and handmade wares at this outdoor market of the macabre. Taking place in the most fitting of venues - a 18…

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    Sinners, Scandals, and Suicides

    Sunday, September 9th at 1:00 pm

    Laurel Hill has its brave military heroes like George Gordon Meade, its uplifting reformers like Sarah Josepha Hale, and selfless philanthropists like Robert Carson. But what about the less than pure …

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    Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Friday, September 28th at 10am

    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 overvie…

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    Pints and Plots: Laurel Hill’s Buried Brewers

    Sunday, September 30th at 1:00 pm

    This autumnal walking tour will focus on the history of beer in Philadelphia, and the permanent residents of Laurel Hill who produced, distributed and enjoyed it. Led by award-winning homebrewer and c…

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    10th Annual Rest in Peace 5K Run

    Saturday, October 6 at 5pm

    Trick or treat…move your feet! Kick off your Halloween season the right way. Organized by the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, the Rest in Peace 5K Run is the premier Halloween costume run and after…

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    Spirits and Spiritualists

    Tuesday, October 9th at 6:00 pm

    In the 19th century, thousands of Philadelphians believed that they could communicate with the dead. All it took was a darkened room, a circle of believers, and a sensitive medium. Other Philadelphian…

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    True Tales From the Tombs

    Friday, October 12 at 7pm

    On a mid-October evening, performers will regale you with true tales from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s historic tombs. Complete with scandal, mystery and murder, True Tales from the Tombs will feature sto…

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    Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Saturday, October 13th at 10:00 am

    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 overvie…

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    The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson at Laurel Hill

    Sunday, October 14 at 1pm

    Adopted sons, signers of the Declaration, painters, sculptors, men of science, ladies of belle letters, famous physicians, pariahs of free press, purveyors of fine wine and, of course, political provo…

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    The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Friday, October 26th at 10:00 am

    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 overvie…

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    14th Annual Gravediggers’ Ball

    Friday, October 26 at 7pm

    The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery eagerly announce the date for their 14th Annual fundraising gala, the Gravediggers’ Ball, as Friday, October 26, 2018 from 7:00pm-12:00am at the Masonic Temple in…

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    Fall Family Day: Halloween Picnic and Parade

    Sunday, October 28 from 1-3pm

    Spend an autumn afternoon exploring the many wonders and mysteries of Laurel Hill Cemetery while celebrating Halloween. Fall fun for the family at Laurel Hill will thrill and chill both the young and …

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