Transplanted Souls: Another Try at Eternal Rest

Walking Tour at Laurel Hill Cemetery on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 1:00 pm

It’s Philadelphia 2021, 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. The 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.

The walking tour will take place on Saturday, December 4, 2021, 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.

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: Nancy Wright

Information on directions and parking and visiting guidelines, including social distancing guidelines, are linked here to better plan your visit. A reminder email will also be sent to ticket holders a day before the program start day.

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