Old City Cemetery Museums and Arboretum

Old City Cemetery Museums and Arboretum

Old City Cemetery Museums and Arboretum
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
12:00 PM - 4:00 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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Jamz
118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
I’ve lived in Lynchburg for many years and had only heard about the OCC but hadn’t visited. We attended the annual Candlelight Tour a couple years ago where we learned the history of the cemetery and heard some fascinating stories from a few that are laid to rest there—the re-enactments are top notch! This has become a tradition for my husband and I and we look forward to learning more each year. Never thought I’d find myself strolling through a cemetery at night but trust me on this one…it’s not mine to be missed. The springtime at the cemetery is also lovely and a great place to stroll, read a book or take photos. Such rich history here in this hidden gem. Highly recommended!
Written January 11, 2022
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Laurie P
Cortland, NY7,592 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
On a warm morning in June we chose to walk here before it got too hot. We parked, and walked around the circular walkway. They hadn't quite opened yet, but a random walker helped us to get some information from a woman who had come to work early. Southern hospitality at its finest.
The gardens are great! The Pest House story was absolutely fascinating. We were awestruck by the row after row after row of graves in the Confederate section. We were impressed at how well taken care of that the cemetery was.
This was a serene place for a lovely walk among those that lost their lives during the Civil War and beyond.
Written June 22, 2022
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oldmanwhotravels
Lynchburg, VA43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
It's a cemetery; filled with the graves of many Confederate soldiers. But it is one of the most beautiful places in the city. Roses abound. The candlelight tours in the fall are excellent and very popular. Tours when roses are in bloom is a treat as well.
Written January 3, 2020
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Rose H
North Augusta, SC141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is a lovely place to visit in Lynchburg! The setting is so peaceful, and you can walk for several hours through the grounds. There are many African Americans buried here, as well as both Confederate and Union soldiers. The cemetary is just packed full of history. There are various gardens that are in bloom. Also included are historic buildings that have a push-button narration which tells you about how various buildings were used. Don't miss this wonderful,peaceful place!
Written July 10, 2022
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twovisitors
Durham, NC95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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EBoyt
Natchitoches, LA26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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BigVTFan
United States76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Sue N
Pittsburgh, PA487 contributions
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My hubby and I spent three hours here. Would you believe it? From pieces of old arcitecture, to a chapel, to a scatter garden for people as well as for pets, to an old railway station, an old pestulance hospital, a museum, bee hives, even goats--of course, graves. Wear comfortable shoes; come prepared to walk and reflect and meditate.
Written September 19, 2010
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GoingGoingSWV
39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
In the summer, you can get FREE 1-hour tours of the cemetery on Saturday mornings. Our guide was really knowledgeable and interesting. We learned about different types of people buried there, including Irish immigrants, slaves, the well-to-do, and Civil War soldiers. There are pamphlets (free also) which cover special topics, and you can walk around on your own if you prefer. It's a fascinating place.
Written June 28, 2009
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R7853FWsusanr
Amherst, VA112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Family
I have lived in the Lynchburg VA area all of my life and did not even know this beautiful location was here until about 10 years ago. I visit it now at least once a year. It is such a peaceful and beautiful place. There are many lovely locations within the grounds for taking pictures. It is a common place for local teens to come and take pictures before Prom due to the gazebos and pond. It is landscaped beautifully with heirloom roses in season. Also there is the Pest House Museum which displays medical paraphernalia used during the civil war. There is a lot to see here and well worth a look-see!
Written September 22, 2016
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Old City Cemetery Museums and Arboretum, Lynchburg

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