Spirits and Spiritualists

Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 1:00 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 Philadelphians mocked the table-rappers and tried to expose their tricks. Both believers and skeptics are well represented in historic Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Along this tour, we will stop at the resting place of Catherine Drinkhouse Smith, whose monument proclaims her as “one of the best mediums of our time,” and at the grave of Adam Seybert, whose last will and testament allocated a large sum to the University of Pennsylvania for a study of the truths of spiritualism. We will also visit the grave of Horace H. Furness, the Shakespeare scholar who led an official inquiry into the claims of spiritualists, and at the hillside tomb of Elisha Kent Kane, the famed arctic explorer who scoffed at spiritualism but who fell in love with America’s most beautiful young medium.

This afternoon tour and reception will take place on Sunday, September 15 at 1:00 pm, 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.

Ticket pricing is $15/General Admission, $13/Seniors (65 & Up), $13/Students with ID, $10/Members, $7.50/Youth (6-12), and $0/Child (5 & Under). Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

Please note - youth and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tour Guide: Michael Brooks

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