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Crown Hill Cemetery

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Address: 700 W 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208-4240
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+1 317-925-3800
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest non-government cemetery with 555...

Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest non-government cemetery with 555 acres of beautiful rolling hills. 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 (including a herd of white-tailed deer), 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), 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. Crown Hill's popular guided tours were twice named "The Best Walking Tour" by Indianapolis Monthly magazine, featured as one of Midwest Living Magazine's "Terrific Tours," and listed as one of "5 Things to Do in Indy Before You Die" by the Indianapolis Star. Visitors can attend one of many guided Public Tours (most scheduled to see the sunset), or schedule their own Private Group Tour. Pick-up a new Visitor's Guide Map at the Waiting Station building inside the 34th St. gate (3400 Boulevard Place). For more info on their national award-winning coffee table book titled "Crown Hill: History, Spirit, Sanctuary," guided tours, historical info, tree maps, etc., please visit the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation online.

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Stroll through History

Every experience at this historic cemetery is unique and oddly cathartic. The grounds are lovely and well kept and will hopefully continue to be a treasured green space as well as... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Every experience at this historic cemetery is unique and oddly cathartic. The grounds are lovely and well kept and will hopefully continue to be a treasured green space as well as the final resting place for so many famous Hoosiers. If you are a history buff or enjoy a peaceful stroll or bike ride through acres of park-like land, this... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely property with an incredible amount of history. If you stop to get directions at the office, you can pretty easily find where you want to go. Many well known people are intured here.

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Crawfordsville, Indiana
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My brother and I chose this place to spread our parents ashes. We love the wooded setting. I love to go and walk around and sit on their bench watch the deer and give thanks for the great parents I had.

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Noblesville, Indiana
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Reviewed March 16, 2017

Not everyone loves cemeteries like I do ... but I'm a genealogist so that comes natural. But if you just like to take walks in beautiful wooded areas and enjoy a peaceful time ... it's worth a visit.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed March 1, 2017

I know it's a cemetery but it is beautiful. Lots of trees and land. I recently went to a service there and the chapel was really nice.

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Reviewed February 20, 2017

Very interesting historical cemetery. Very pretty with lots of shade in the summer. I hope they keep the old growth trees.

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Reviewed February 15, 2017

Lovely space, it was the Gothic Chapel. There was a service that served Dad's memory well. A gorgeous space, string quartet that ushered Dad out with "I Did It My Way." You'd have to pay extra for that. The Pastor was great as well. What can I say? John Dillinger is buried in that cemetery and now, so is my... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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Reviewed February 5, 2017

Unless your a resident, who would guess that the best view of Indy's skyline is from atop a hill in Crown Hill Cemetery. And it's likely many residents don't know it either. But the highest hill in Crown Hill Cemetery is also the highest point in Marion County and offers a splendid panoramic view of Indy's skyline. There are also... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed January 18, 2017

I am at this place quite a bit. It is awesome to drive around and see the burial places of so many famous people. Eli Lilly, Benjamin Harrison, John Dillinger - the list goes on and on. They have tours, and special events. Memorial Day they have a reenactment of the Civil War. There is a LOT to see and... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed January 18, 2017

This cemetery is a beautiful landmark site in Indianapolis. The burial grounds for Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley, a military burial site, Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd U.S. President, several Vice Presidents and many other Indiana dignitaries. The highest hill on which Riley is buried offers an amazing view of the city. The chapel, offered for services, is beautiful. This landscape... More 

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