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Old City Cemetery

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Address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA
Phone Number: +1 434-847-1465
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Description: The Old City Cemetery, established in 1806, is one of the oldest public...
The Old City Cemetery, established in 1806, is one of the oldest public cemeteries in the United States still in use today. Mayors and other prominent civic leaders, along with the city's indigent and "strangers," are among the estimated 15,000 people buried here. Two thirds of those interred here are of African descent, both enslaved and free. The cemetery's Confederate section contains the graves of more than 2,200 soldiers from 14 states. Museums on the property interpret the diverse history of this rehabilitated graveyard and its inhabitants. Today, Old City Cemetery is the most visited historic site in the City of Lynchburg and is Central Virginia's most unique public garden. It is a Virginia Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Beautiful gardens as well as a great history lesson

This is a great place to see fine specimens of antique roses. The grounds are nicely maintained and have a lot of local history. The landscape lends to a lovely backdrop for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Forest, Virginia
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Forest, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to see fine specimens of antique roses. The grounds are nicely maintained and have a lot of local history. The landscape lends to a lovely backdrop for photography. A must see.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Nothings tells history like the folks who made it, and they speak loudest from the places of their rest. To see how the past treated its citizens in death is to glimpse how they were seen in life. From Confederate soldiers who fought to defend the South to prominent citizens of colour who made their way through a myriad of... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Old City Cemetery is a gem in Lynchburg. It's a great place for a picnic or a glimpse at some of Lynchburg's civil war history. and in late may / early june, when the large collection of antique roses is blooming, it's probably the prettiest place in Lynchburg.

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Forest, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This cemetery is beautiful, historic, and a great place to take family portraits. Come and explore the amazing Civil War sections, the museum, the mini chapel, the swing, and many other spots along the road here.

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Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you like cemeteries and history, this one is great. Lots of old headstones, some exhibits about history and really a beautiful walk. If you go when the roses are blooming, so much the better!

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The Old City Cemetery is such a beautiful property in Lynchburg. One can get lost roaming the grounds and visiting the structures!

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I'm sure that there are people out there that would say "enjoying a cemetery" is kinda strange.This is a unique place that got to where it is through one of Lynchburg's best known landscape designer's. Jane White. The grounds include an old country church, the Stapleton Railroad Station, and The Pest House - all moved to the site. The place... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Beautiful landscaping, so well done, steeped in history. Easy to walk through and also suited to drive through. Historical markers are easy to read.

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Petersburg, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This was a very cool place to go! They offer very well done maps so that you can pick exactly the parts that interest you. You could even go on a little scavenger hunt finding people. (I hope that's not morbid, but you are reading this because you're interested in visiting a cemetery...) It's a well kept area with very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This place is a jewel in Lynchburg. So much history and well explained with the museum which is sobering and informative.. if you are into photography you must go there in spring of the year when all fo te flowers are in bloom. they make a great backdrop for very old headstones and burial fences as well as a focal... More 

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