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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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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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This is my first visit to the east/south area of the United States. My son picked us up from the airport in Lynchburg and took us straight to the Old Cemetery. It was humbling to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Layton, Utah
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72 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is my first visit to the east/south area of the United States. My son picked us up from the airport in Lynchburg and took us straight to the Old Cemetery. It was humbling to see so many markers without names, slaves, while humans, but apparently not worth remembering by name. Very sad. I had the very distinct impression this... More 

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Bradenton,FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Strange title for a cemetery to be sure, but true. The cemetery is beautiful. There is much history to be learned by strolling through it- history about the town, its residents, the Civil War- just to name a few. There are several buildings throughout that "talk" to you when you push a button. Also, a wonderful old timey wooden swing... More 

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Thank MaaikeBradenton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Old City Cemetery is beautiful in every season. There are many paths to walk, lovely flowers and places to stop and pause.

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1 Thank Beth D
Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As the cemetery's website (gravegarden.org) indicates, Old City Cemetery is a garden with graves. In addition to the headstones, which date to 1808 and maybe earlier, there are so many beautiful and old plants and trees. In May of each year, the cemetery hosts "Rose Day," where visitors can see the many varieties of antique roses blooming against the cemetery's... More 

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Forest, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very beautiful and historic walking tour. Divided into sections and includes Civil War graves, buildings, and a rose garden.

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1 Thank churchmusiclover
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

This is less like a cemetery and more like a park that happens to have people buried in it. It is a beautiful and peaceful spot in the middle of the city. The ladies in the office were friendly and helpful. We enjoyed speaking with them! I especially loved the story of how they worked to restore the grounds! The... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

A spot that is definitely worth more careful exploration the next time I visit Lynchburg. Was recommended by the very knowledgeable front desk clerk Julie at the Fairfield Inn & Suites. I've put it on my bucket list.

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Garden City, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Old City Cemetery is the resting place of many Confederate soldiers, and that makes it worth a visit for Civil War buffs. But it is also an arboretum, with an abundance of rare plantings and attractive landscaping. The day we visited there was an archeological team, led by a professor from Sweet Briar College, who were excavating former graves of... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This is a beautiful cemetery. You really should take a walk through.We saw a play here a couple of years back--Our Town. What a treat that was. There are many old graves here.

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1 Thank Mocenigo4
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

Loved the ride around the cemetery. Bunches of civil war graves. Not far from Sandusky civil war sight.

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