NEW October Private Evening Tours

NEW October Private Evening Tours

Various evening dates available

Book your Own Private Walking Tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery this October!

The Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries welcome school groups, organizations, special parties or just friends and families who are interested in taking a personalized tour of our cemeteries. New this year, we are offering special private group tours in the evenings on select dates in October. Limited availability, reserve your spot now and celebrate this festive fall season in a unique way.

Private Walking Tours of Laurel Hill Cemetery

A Friends tour guide will lead your group by foot on a tour that tells the story of this national historic landmark and the fascinating people interred here. Tour topics can be catered to your group’s interest.

Private walking tours last approximately 90 minutes and accommodate 12 people maximum. Tours are $325 (General Price) and $275 (for Members at the Supporting Level & above).

How to book:

Reservations can be made using button below and dates are first come, first served. The dates for evening walking tours are:

  • Tuesday, October 20
  • Friday, October 23
  • Tuesday, October 27
  • Wednesday, October 28 &
  • Thursday, October 29.

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    VIRTUAL Pints and Plots

    VIRTUAL Pints and Plots

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Philadelphia is known as one of the best beer drinking cities in the country and earned this reputation for many reasons. Grab a beer and join us on October 15 at 7 pm as we talk about the notable bee…

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    SOLD OUT True Tales from the Tombs

    SOLD OUT True Tales from the Tombs

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 with tours at 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, and 9:30 pm

    All tour times are SOLD OUTAll tickets must be purchased in advance.There is no wait list. On a mid-October evening, performers will regale you with true tales from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s historic …

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    SOLD OUT Soul Crawl

    SOLD OUT Soul Crawl

    Saturday, October 24, 2020 with tours at 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:00 pm

    All tour times are SOLD OUTAll tickets must be purchased in advance.There is no wait list. Laurel Hill Cemetery’s classic Halloween flashlight tours have become a mainstay of the season and we are …

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    SOLD OUT Graveyard Geology

    SOLD OUT Graveyard Geology

    Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

    Laurel Hill Cemetery is an excellent place to explore and understand geology. While the markers and monuments differ in decoration, they are commonly made up of three types of stone: granite, marble, …

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    SOLD OUT True Colors: Fall Arbor Tour

    SOLD OUT True Colors: Fall Arbor Tour

    At West Laurel Hill Cemetery on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM

    Join our Arboretum Manager, Aaron Greenberg, on a brisk autumn walk through the peak fall colors of some of the great trees of West Laurel Hill Cemetery. From the dazzling reds of our sugar maple all…

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    Medical Messiahs

    Medical Messiahs

    Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 11:00 am

    19th century doctors had little to offer patients suffering from the ubiquitous digestive ailments and deadly diseases of the time, treatment mostly being worse than the complaint itself. The dilemma …

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    Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Sunday November 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    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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    Oddly Departed Tour

    Oddly Departed Tour

    Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    What do a lost cat, Bavarian cream custard, a trip to New Jersey and a whiskey highball have in common? Believe it or not, they all played a role in some of Laurel Hill’s most unusual deaths. Wrap u…

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    Tangled Webs Tour

    Tangled Webs Tour

    Family Ties in Laurel Hill on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    There were only so many prominent Philadelphia families of the 18th and 19th centuries, largely because they stuck to themselves, with enough intermarriage among them to crash geneological site server…

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    True Colors: Fall Arbor Tour

    True Colors: Fall Arbor Tour

    At Laurel Hill Cemetery on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    True Colors, a walking tour through Laurel Hill Cemetery, will highlight some of the most impressive and interesting trees of the cemetery. Join Arboretum Manager, Aaron Greenberg in a discussion of s…

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    Sacred Spaces and Storied Places

    Sacred Spaces and Storied Places

    Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 11:00 am

    The expansion of Fairmount Park in the 1860s prevented further growth of Laurel Hill, and in 1869 our sister cemetery, West Laurel Hill, was established just across the river in Bala Cynwyd. This gene…

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    Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    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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    VIRTUAL Sinners and Scandals

    VIRTUAL Sinners and Scandals

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 6:00 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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    ​VIRTUAL Sitting with Grief within Meditation

    ​VIRTUAL Sitting with Grief within Meditation

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Grief is a natural response to loss and when we allow ourselves to mourn, we can honor the pain that is felt and let go. Meditation is a wonderful and gentle tool in the process of mourning. Kirsten …

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    Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    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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    Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Friday, November 27, 2020 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? This talk provides an informative overview of Laurel…

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    Death Loves a Shining Mark

    Death Loves a Shining Mark

    Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 11:00 am

    In Victorian America, formal bereavement was an accepted cultural institution. Mourning was observed through many non-spoken rituals to commemorate the dead, dictate social behavior, and demonstrate t…

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    VIRTUAL Death Cafe

    VIRTUAL Death Cafe

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Death Café is a unique opportunity for the public to meet and discuss death. For this installment, we are meeting virtually on Zoom! This group-led discussion has no specific…

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    Sacred Spaces and Storied Places

    Sacred Spaces and Storied Places

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:00 am

    The expansion of Fairmount Park in the 1860s prevented further growth of Laurel Hill, and in 1869 our sister cemetery, West Laurel Hill, was established just across the river in Bala Cynwyd. This gene…

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    Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Hot Spots and Storied Plots

    Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    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 talk provides an informative overview of Laurel…

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