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Old City Cemetery

Address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA
Phone Number: +1 434-847-1465
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Lynchburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Old City Cemetery, established in 1806, is one of the oldest public cemeteries in the United...
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Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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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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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Petersburg, Virginia
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13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This was a very cool place to go! They offer very well done maps so that you can pick exactly the parts that interest you. You could even go on a little scavenger hunt finding people. (I hope that's not morbid, but you are reading this because you're interested in visiting a cemetery...) It's a well kept area with very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

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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Cookeville
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

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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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
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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
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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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