Walking Tour at Laurel Hill on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:00 am
People have been trying to communicate with the dead since ancient times. This desire sprang up anew in mid-19th century America, shortly after the founding of Laurel Hill Cemetery. Spiritualism, as this movement came to be called, featured intermediaries or mediums, who promised they could summon departed souls and establish communication with the living through a series of knocks, called spirit rapping. Spiritualism spread rapidly; after all, who wouldn’t want to communicate with dead ancestors, family members, or friends?
Philadelphia was a center for spiritualist
activity, and some who played a prominent role are buried at Laurel Hill. We will visit the graves of believers and doubters, among them Henry Seybert, who commissioned a rigorous investigation of Spiritualism, which he hoped would lay to rest any disbelief,
Horace Howard Furness, eminent scholar who headed up the Seybert Commission, and Elisha Kent Kane, dashing Arctic explorer and Spiritualism skeptic who nonetheless fell in love with the most famous medium in America, Maggie Fox. Their stories, as well as others,
will shed light on a movement which lives on today, principally in popular culture through the use of Ouija boards.
This afternoon tour will take place on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:00 am, 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.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
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). Please note - youth and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tour Guide: Patricia Rose
Social Distancing Guidelines for In-Person Tours
To maintain the safety of guests and staff the following guideline are in effect for all in-person tours:
- Tickets must be purchased in advance and tours are limited to 15 people.
- There will be a table set up for check-in. A staff person will ask screening questions before admitting guests on the tour to make sure guests have not been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
- If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, please email email@example.com and we will issue you a refund or credit for your ticket purchase.
- Anyone older than 2 years of age must wear a mask or face covering over their nose and mouth at all times
- Everyone on the tour must practice social distancing with anyone outside of their household
- A staff person will be on hand on the tour to ensure that these guidelines are followed
- Guests acknowledge that the Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries reserves the right to disclose the identity and contact information of any and all guests to government-authorized individuals, agencies, or organizations for the purposes of contact-tracing in adherence with local, state, or federal requirements, recommendations, or guidelines.
- Anyone who receives a positive test result for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending an in-person program should email firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.