Sunday, October 8 at 1pm
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 spirits? The South Philly gangster who got whacked when he tried to infiltrate the Schuylkill County numbers racket? The Civil War hero, who made his fortune from white lightning and who, because of his many illicit affairs, was referred to by the local press as “a slayer of innocence and a robber of chastity?” The artist who committed suicide during the Depression when his priceless book and art collections were sold at auction for a few thousand dollars? The final resting places of these troubled souls will be among the many stops on our walking tour of Laurel Hill’s scandalous, sinful and sordid side.
The tour will take place on Sunday, October 8 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 $15/person; $13/students and seniors; or $12/members. Reservations are suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.
Tour Guide: Tom Keels