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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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best little spot in lynchburg

very old cemetery with a sweet chapel, museum, gorgeous antique roses and more lots of old military graves , scatter garden for ashes, beautiful place for a stroll

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

very old cemetery with a sweet chapel, museum, gorgeous antique roses and more lots of old military graves , scatter garden for ashes, beautiful place for a stroll

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Being history buffs we found this place to be quite wonderful. It amazed us as to how many of the soldiers were from different states. The swing at Children's Haven was perfect for the setting. A nice touch.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Old City Cemetery is a very beautiful old cemetery! A lot of people go there to take family photos because the landscape is so beautiful. We enjoy walking around there looking/reading the gravestones. They have old beautiful buildings (including an old church that people can get married in).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Beautiful old cemetery with lots of history. Don't miss any opportunity to see any of the living history where folks help us see the real lives and forgotten details of some of the colorful characters buried here. The gardens are lovely and this is definitely one of Lynchburg's s hidden treasures.

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Lynchburg VA, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is such a cool place. History, folklore, animals, flowers, and plants along with museums make this a unique place to visit and take a walk. they also have plays and re-enactments at various times of the year.

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Manassas, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Civil war cemetery with garden areas to enjoy. Lots of information at the small visitors center. There is an old-time swing with long ropes which has to be the best you'll ever find. Weddings are held here, too.

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Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

What a wonderful place to visit and contemplate history and enjoy the garden---will come again. Clean bathroom was a Bonus!

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Porter, IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This old historic cemetery was beautiful. It was interesting looking at the old tombstones. The oldest grave was from 1808. The landscape was well done. Be sure the sit on the tree swing. It seems to pick up speed at an odd point. My teenage girls were convinced they were being pushed by a ghost.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

If you are interested in history and/or gardens be sure to visit Old City Cemetary. You can learn about the Civil War in Lynchburg among other things. Beautiful setting.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Such a beautiful spot to have a picnic, walk around, see some wildlife, and learn about history. I highly recommend this place!

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