Old City Cemetery

Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg

Old City Cemetery
4.5
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
About
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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Barbara H
State College, PA38 contributions
Hidden Gem
Jun 2021
On our way out of town, we stopped at the Old City Cemetery. If you start at the museum in the back, the docent will tell you all about the displays containing caskets and burial customs of the Civil War era. It sounds morbid, but was very interesting. There are several buildings within walking distances where you can look in the windows at displayed artifacts as a taped narration describes the scene. We missed the roses, but apparently they have an extensive garden of heritage roses blooming in the spring.
Written June 19, 2021
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twovisitors
Durham, NC64 contributions
Don't miss the cemetery
Jun 2021
Very interesting history of Lynchburg VA is highlighted here. Excellent documentation provided, in addition to shop of funeral history for overview (children can feed the goats, too). This is the history of Lynchburg in one beautiful location.
Written June 7, 2021
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Vicki A
Brunswick, Md.1,317 contributions
Great Old Cemetery
May 2021
This is more than a Cemetery. It has so many fascinating things to see throughout the Cemetery. It is a beautiful old cemetery.
Written May 25, 2021
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EBoyt
Natchitoches, LA23 contributions
Spectacular preservation going on here!
Apr 2021
So impressed by the level of preservation - from the grounds to the displays and interactive opportunities. This cemetery is clearly loved by many. So glad we stopped by. Definitely worth going through. THE ROSES! Unbelievable collection of antique roses dating back as far as the 1600's. Just amazing and serene and well kept.
Written April 12, 2021
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vkbrennan
Arlington, VA305 contributions
Lovely place for an educational stroll.
Mar 2021
We spent an hour or so walking around. Lots of great placards and a wide variety of things to see. Highly recommend a stop.
Written April 2, 2021
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Karen D
Moneta, VA28 contributions
MOre graves than we had imagined
Nov 2020
Very interesting. A good place to take photos. We were not able to identify a few of the trees of interest.
Written November 11, 2020
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BigVTFan
Middletown, MD51 contributions
Historic, Tranquil and Moving
Sep 2020 • Family
Beautiful, peaceful cemetery with graves dating back to 1700s. Many historical and educational exhibits. Famous Confederate Civil War cemetery as well as public potters field, family plots and beautiful headstones. A must see if in the area...plan on a few hours just walking around.
Written September 27, 2020
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TBN
Brandywine, WV28 contributions
Historical Cemetery
Jun 2020 • Couples
If you enjoy Civil War history you will want to visit this cemetery. Watch for Civil War Trail Marker signs and information.
Written June 29, 2020
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Robert B
Kernersville, NC31 contributions
Historic Cemetery
Feb 2020 • Family
It was a family visit, but none of our three generations are teenagers. Our grandchildren are in their 20s. There is a lot of history in this old cemetery with memorials to the soldiers who served during the civil war. Mostly confederate, of course. History buffs will enjoy it.
Written March 27, 2020
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Phillip541
Idaho Falls, ID206 contributions
Winter Visit
Feb 2020
Even though the weather was not very cooperative, there were numerous tomb stones worth taking the time to read. There is a wonderful history hidden here and worth time, even in poor weather, to check it out.
Written February 2, 2020
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Old City Cemetery is open:
  • Sun - Sat 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM