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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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Olde cemetery

Historical try to have a tour must have map Plenty of parking Lovely grounds Informative Fascinating Relaxing Try to have a tour

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Havertown, Pennsylvania
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Havertown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Historical try to have a tour must have map Plenty of parking Lovely grounds Informative Fascinating Relaxing Try to have a tour

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Great history info about the Civil War, beautiful grounds, parking not so great, friendly staff, a must for a Civil War buff.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

There's more to see than just tombstones here. There are sections of the cemetary dedicated to family plots, unknown Northern soldiers, and monuments dedicated to those who fought bravely. There's a restored train station from nearby Monroe, the Pest House that shows what a civil war hospital looks like, beekeeping, a water garden, a chapel, and rows and rows of... More 

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Maryland, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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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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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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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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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8 attraction reviews
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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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