Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Love and death are the preferred subjects of poets and philosophers across eras and oceans – subjects intertwined in their great mystery, in their power to inspire, to destroy and to change our worlds forever. Considering this, the notion of marking the “spirit” of Valentine’s Day in a cemetery seems natural after all.
Laurel Hill’s Valentine’s Day wintertime walking tour was inspired by the little-known story of a little-known woman whose heart – and only her heart – now lies buried beneath the cemetery’s earth. Learn about her symbolic final gesture and other tales of love as varied as the souls from which they transpired. Some love is eternal, some love ends, and some love ends badly. Devotion, passion, and faith prove to sway destinies as much as greed, lust, and betrayal. Those stories that do not warm your own heart will entertain and tantalize instead.
The tour will conclude with a toasty, fireside reception replete with wine, hot chocolate, and desserts.
This walking tour will take place on Saturday, February 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.
Tour Guide: Gwen Kaminski