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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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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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I was reluctant, but glad I went!

Beautiful grounds. We really enjoyed strolling through the headstones and reading the points of history markers along the way. Neat attraction in Lynchburg.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Maryland, USA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Beautiful grounds. We really enjoyed strolling through the headstones and reading the points of history markers along the way. Neat attraction in Lynchburg.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

One of favorite places! Great tree swing. antique roses, great old trees, a pond with butterflies and tadpoles, goats, some interesting Civil War history, a bottle tree, a pretty little chapel, a hillside of wild flowers. Great spot for a picnic, walk, sitting under a tree or by the little pond reading....wonderful place with great energy.

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Forest, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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22 attraction reviews
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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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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