COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES
To maintain the safety of visitors and staff, we strongly recommend wearing a face mask and practicing social distancing while at Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries. The office, gift shop, and public restrooms are open.
Guidelines for all in-person walking tours and programs, regardless of vaccination status:
- Tickets must be purchased in advance and attendance will be limited and monitored to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions for outdoor gatherings.
- All guests must sign a waiver acknowledging the following:
- I am not currently experiencing any symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.
- I do not believe I have been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of Coronavirus within the past thirty (30) days.
- I have not been diagnosed with Coronavirus within the past thirty (30) days or diagnosed and not yet cleared as non-contagious by state or local public health authorities.
- I have not traveled internationally within the past thirty (30) days
- If any of the above are a concern, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will issue you a refund or credit for your ticket purchase.
- 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 email@example.com immediately.
To avoid being locked in the cemetery, please note the gate closing hours:
From November 1 to March 31: Gates are closed at 5:00 pm
From April 1 to October 31: Gates are closed at 7:00 pm
Visitors are welcome to tour the cemetery by vehicle or by foot. Passenger vehicles, vans, trucks, and small tour buses are permitted on the cemetery grounds. When parking in the cemetery, please park to the side of the roads, enabling regular Cemetery traffic to travel around you.
Laurel Hill’s narrow entrances and roadways limit use by large tour buses, school buses, and freight trucks. A parking lot is available for oversized vehicles, located directly across the street from the cemetery’s main entrance on Ridge Avenue.
Speed Limit: Please obey the 15 mph speed limit.
A limited number of parking spaces are available immediately inside the cemetery’s main entrance on Ridge Avenue. After passing under the Gatehouse archway, the parking spaces will be located to your left, and the office and gift shop to your right.
The parking lot located directly across the street from the Gatehouse entrance is also available for parking free of charge.
Tour groups and event attendees - use this lot and cross Ridge Avenue on foot to enter the cemetery. Over-sized vehicles, including school and tour buses, should always use this lot.
If the lots are full, ample (free) street parking is available on West Indiana Avenue, Shedwick Street, and 35th Street.
We STRONGLY DISCOURAGE parking along Ridge Avenue.
In keeping with the ethos of the rural cemetery movement, we welcome recreation at Laurel Hill, including picnicking, jogging, running, hiking, biking, roller skating, and rollerblading.
- For your own safety and the integrity of our National Historic Landmark site, monuments should not be climbed, leaned against, or otherwise touched, as they can and do topple, and are more than 100 years old.
- Please be respectful and keep in mind that Laurel Hill is a final site of rest.
Dog walkers are welcome in Laurel Hill Cemetery and expected to follow the below guidelines:
- Dogs must be licensed and have required vaccinations.
- Dogs must remain leashed at all times.
- Dog owners must clean up after their pets. Pet waste bags and disposal containers are available at the Gatehouse and near the bridge to the South Section.
Service dogs are permitted in all areas of the cemetery grounds and buildings.
Please note that except for special events, alcohol is prohibited on the grounds. Illegal substances are always prohibited. Visitors should remove all trash or other materials produced while visiting or dispose of them in appropriate containers at the Cemetery entrance.
- Free maps & Program Rack Cards are available in the brochure racks at the Gatehouse and Central Gate entrances.
- Download the map before you arrive.
- Souvenir maps are available in the Gift Shop for $3 and highlight a selection of our best-known residents.
Due to the age and nature of our monuments, grave rubbings of any kind are prohibited. If you are a researcher or a family descendant and would like to learn more about a certain monument or inscription, please contact the office staff at 215-228-8200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GUIDED TOURS, SCHOOLS, and MEET-UP GROUPS
Laurel Hill encourages senior groups, meet-up groups, classes, clubs, and schools to use the cemetery for educational and recreational purposes.
PHOTOGRAPHY and VIDEOGRAPHY
Photography and videography are permitted on Cemetery grounds for a fee and must be approved by the Cemetery one month in advance.
- For shoots using models (human and otherwise), costumes, props, extensive equipment, and event photography (weddings, engagements, holiday, etc.), please see the “Commercial Shoot” guidelines below and contact us for pricing: 610-668-9900 or email@example.com.
- Please read our Photography Guidelines for additional information and requirements, including a few highlights below:
- Monuments should not be climbed, leaned against, or otherwise touched, as they can and do topple, and are more than 100 years old.
- Groups of photographers or photography classes are required to submit a request in advance, involve a signed agreement, fee, and one month’s notice to set up an appointment time. These visitation numbers are tracked for grant-writing purposes.
- Commercial shoots and shoots before or after gate hours are required to submit a request in advance, involve a signed agreement, fee, and one month’s notice to set up an appointment time.
- Photographing or otherwise recording funeral ceremonies, funeral processions, or families visiting gravesites is strictly prohibited (except where the photographer is a member of the funeral party or family). All persons present on the Cemetery grounds should conduct themselves with decorum appropriate to a place of mourning, with due respect to those who might overhear them.
COMMERCIAL SHOOTS & PRIVATE RENTALS
The use of extensive equipment and lights, as well as the use of human models, costumes and props, and/or financial gain from the resulting still or motion pictures constitute a commercial shoot.
Please complete the form on our Private Rental page to request the use of the Cemetery for commercial productions or private rentals: https://thelaurelhillcemetery.org/visit/tours-acti…
To schedule a private Ghost Hunt with your group, download the Ghost Hunt Planning Guide 2021 and complete this reservation form. A staff person will be in contact shortly after the reservation form is received