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Old City Cemetery

401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA
+1 434-847-1465
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Ranked #2 of 23 Attractions in Lynchburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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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Lynchburg, Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

My little family loves to visit the Cemetery. The grounds are very well kept. There are beautiful graves, bright colored flowers, and quite a few historical attractions to look at. It's a great place to go for a picnic, for family photos, or to just walk around on a sunny day. We were even lucky enough to catch a train... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

This was one of the best places we visited in the Lynchburg area and it was free. It consists of a self-guided walking/driving tour with excellent, informative brochures available at the entrance. The five interactive House Museums are what makes this more than just a walk in a cemetery. Found the Pest House Medical Museum especially intriguing and makes one... More

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

well informed tour guide recited the lives and locations of the graves of the bawdy ladies whose profession was in existence until the 1960s. Wonderful Sunday afternoon history excursion.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Believe it or not, this is a great place to visit. In addition to the historical structures and demonstrations, the flowers, especially the heritage roses, are wonderful. The group in charge does a nice job of portraying funerals from the town's past, as well as its medical practices. There are numerous places to stroll and sit, including the old train... More

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Lynchburg, Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This place is beautiful. Quiet, peaceful, gorgeous. Yes, it's a cemetery, but it's so much more than that. It's a wonderful garden with so many awesome places. The chapel is adorable. There are many events here all throughout the year, and you can check it out on their Facebook page. I come here quite often. If you haven't been here,... More

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Lynchburg, Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

A great way to stay an afternoon in Lynchburg. If possible please check in at the museum shop prior to walking through the cemetery. The shop is a good preface before exploring the property to learn more about its past. There are a number of events the cemetery host through out the year. Don't miss the Candle light tours in... More

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14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

In this historic cemetery we observed tombstones dating to the 1800's. A marker for "Mistress Fannie Simpson, the maid of Capt. ??," died in 1851 at the age of 66. (The ?? refers to illegible weather-worn text)There is a museum with displays of clothing worn at funerals and during the periods of mourning, a coffin made of twigs, and the... More

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Gravegarden, Owner at Old City Cemetery, responded to this review

Thanks for noticing this very interesting gravestone! It's close to the main drive, but the inscription is almost impossible to read unless the sunlight is just right. Here's the full inscription: MAMMY FANNIE SIMPSON FOR MANY YEARS A SERVANT IN THE FAMILY OF CAPT DON P. HALSEY. DIED FERN MOSS, VA, JULY 16, 1891, ABOUT 65 YEARS OF AGE. FAITHFUL... More

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Beautiful cemetery, Incredible stone artwork and they have filled the cemetery with informative signage that lets you know all about the history. Definitly stop at the office and see the Mourning museum it is incredible.we went there to see the confederate section and were very Impressed with how well kept it was. Take the time to Visit

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Fort Wayne
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you like Civil War history, this is the place. Besides lots of old gravestones, there are a few small museum sites inside that add to the history. This is also a nice place to walk around and enjoy the gardens.

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