Transplanted Souls: Another Try at Eternal Rest

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM

It’s Philadelphia 2019, where do your ancestors rest? Over a century’s worth of city expansion stretching industrial and residential limits has made that a hard question to answer. Ground once reserved as places for the dead became prime real estate for urban growth making the phrase “rest in peace” a relative sentiment at best. Join us for a fascinating afternoon as we identify the sites of citizens who have been moved from their original burial places to a second (and sometimes a third) try at eternal rest at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Whether through reasons of celebrity and marketing, family ties, public health concerns, infrastructure improvements, urban development or mass transit projects; many of Laurel Hill’s acquired already long dead denizens have arrived amid controversy, mystery and mayhem – issues that still arise today outside the haven that Laurel Hill provides.

This walking tour will take place on Saturday, December 14 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: Nancy Wright

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