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Old City Cemetery

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Address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA 24501
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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Old City Cemetary

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Lynchburg, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 2 days ago NEW

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 3 days ago NEW 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 4 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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

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Thank rran965136
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Thank Kathy C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My kids and I really enjoyed the Ghost Swing! We also got a history lesson about the Cemetery and how funerals were held back in the 1800's and early 1900's from the lady at the visitor center.

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Thank Wayne L
Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quiet, peaceful, and beautiful place. Has so many gorgeous flowers, history, and even a lovely swing! People even get married here from time to time. Great part of Lynchburg!

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Thank Kiersten M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

love going there...History is unbelievable..the grounds are beautifully and respectfully kept. Beautiful place to take pics too

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