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Old City Cemetery

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Address: 401 Taylor St, Lynchburg, VA 24501-1245
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 18,000 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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Nice blast from the past

Had friends visit and hey wanted to see some historic sites. They were very impressed at the condition and tranquil setting. The Confederate section is striking and a reminder of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
David F
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had friends visit and hey wanted to see some historic sites. They were very impressed at the condition and tranquil setting. The Confederate section is striking and a reminder of the human cost endured as a result of the Civil War. Highly recommend you visit.

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Stockton, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like cemeteries, then this is the place to go. Nice memorial to the civil was dead. Great to drive around then stop and follow the maps to see who is buried there. Don't go on a hot day as it is definitely an outdoor activity. A nice diversion in the afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We could have spent hours here reading grave makers. This was primarily an enslaved and free African American Cemetery from 1806-1865 when it then became a Civil War Cemetery. Well maintained!

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Thank Cheryle T
Lynchburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very interesting. A piece of Lynchburg history. Civil War graves, graves of Lynchburg Madams, ordinary people, heritage roses, an old train station, a butterfly garden, place to sprinkle ashes, gift shop.

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Thank margwat2016
Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a great place to go on the weekends and enjoy a quiet stroll with lovely views. Don't forget to check out their Candlelight Ghost Tours near Halloween!

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Thank Pandandrum
Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Staff is knowledge able and friendly an interesting place to walk and view historical grave sites as well as heritage roses and plants

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Thank William C
Moneta, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

I love cemeteries and this one definitely delivers. The civil war section is interesting and the trees are amazing. The children's section is very calming and I loved the extra touch in the tree swing. It's great for a peaceful walk or to drive around.

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Thank Britbabenow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

This is an amazing piece of history and beautiful venue. Be sure to visit the antique roses along the brick wall. Also, try to catch the "Ladies of the Evening" tour in the fall. Truly entertaining and informative.

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Thank Chip J
Bluffton, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

This is a very old cemetery. The grounds & gardens are lovely & worth viewing. The "ghost swing" is worth a try.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

My grandparent lived in Lynchburg so I spent a great deal of time touring the city sites. This place was never on our radar. This past weekend under a recommendation from the hotel staff, we stopped by quickly to see the "ghost swing." Curiosity peaked, we did. It was great! A fun way to learn history and see some beautiful... More 

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