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“Great way to spend a day” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Crown Hill Cemetery

Crown Hill Cemetery
700 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
317 925-3800
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Ranked #10 of 59 Attractions in Indianapolis
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest cemetery with 555 acres of beautiful rolling hills and located across the street from the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Thousands visit this urban oasis to enjoy its peaceful beauty; study the architecture, sculptures and trees; exercise; picnic; view the wildlife and to study the history and heritage of the 200,000+ people buried there. A "must see" highlight is a visit to the top of "The Crown," the highest hill in the county, which affords a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire Indianapolis skyline. Note: the white line painted on the roads connects both gates via the "scenic route" (including Pres. Harrison's memorial, the "Crown," National Cemetery, Gothic Chapel [1875], the Waiting Station and 34th Street Gothic gate [both 1885]. Crown Hill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Notables include President Benjamin Harrison, poet James Whitcomb Riley, Col. Eli Lilly, three U.S. Vice Presidents, and numerous others, including the infamous bank robber John Dillinger. Twice named "The Best Walking Tour" by Indianapolis Monthly magazine, and featured as one of Midwest Living Magazine's "Terrific Tours," visitors can attend one of their many guided Public Tours (most scheduled to see the sunset), or schedule their own Private Group Tour. For more info on our coffee table book, guided tours, historical info, tree maps, etc., please visit the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation online.
Plainfield, Indiana, United States
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“Great way to spend a day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This is more state park than cemetery. Wonderful walk through history. The highest place in Indianapolis is an awesome sight right in the middle of the cemetery.

Visited September 2012
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Nashville, TN
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“Interesting, Historic Cemetery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We were drawn to visit Crown Hill Cemetery because President Benjamin Harrison and author Booth Tarkington (Penrod stories) are buried in the cemetery. While there, we also found the impressive hilltop monument to poet James Whitcomb Riley as well as the gravesites of Col. Eli Lilly, Richard Gatling, and John Dillinger. A beautiful chapel also resides on the grounds. Upon entering the cemetery, we drove to the office where a very helpful woman provided us with information for a self-guided tour. On a pretty day, a visit to Crown Hill will satisfy the history lover. Others may like it for the serenity.

Visited September 2012
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Oklahoma
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“Excelent drive.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

I had heard about this wonderful cemetery and found it without any problems. It is huge and they make it quite easy to drive thru. Historical markers are easily located with a map you can pick up at the Funeral Home offices. They were very helpful at the offices and clearly pleased we were there. You can either take a quick drive or more time to see the different family names and memorials. It is a lovely place and it so well cared for. I thought it was worth our time.

Visited November 2012
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Indianapolis
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“Best view of downtown Indianapolis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Follow the signs up the hill to the James Whitcomb Riley monument. It's the most beautiful view of the city you'll see. We celebrated a friend's 60th birthday, sitting on the hill, reading Riley poems. One of my favorite memories.

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“Very Peaceful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Very peaceful place and filled with history. Hate to think of giving it a review, but I would not mind being buried here.

Visited September 2012
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