Saturday, February 25 at 1pm
It’s Philadelphia 2017, 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, February 25 at 1:00pm, 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. The cost is $15/person general admission.
Tour Guide: Nancy W. Wright