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Crown Hill Cemetery

700 W 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208-4240
+1 317-925-3800
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History among the monuments

Some folks find the idea of driving among the burials grounds of a cemetery to be sad or ghoulish... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Dave L
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Dayton, Indiana, United States
Wonderful grounds and monuments

We enjoy visiting old cemeteries when we travel. I had no idea the cemetery was as large as it... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2018
charlesc285
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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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700 W 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208-4240
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"james whitcomb riley"
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"final resting place"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Some folks find the idea of driving among the burials grounds of a cemetery to be sad or ghoulish. Neither could be further from reality in Crown Hill Cemetery. This highest point of ground in Indianapolis is here. The poet James Whitcomb Riley is among...More

Thank Dave L
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

We enjoy visiting old cemeteries when we travel. I had no idea the cemetery was as large as it was. The sculptures, memorials, landscape were impressive. We literally spent hours here exploring the graves of notable people, looking at the sculptures, etc. A herd of...More

Thank charlesc285
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

I was not prepared for the size and the number of overwhelming monuments in the is cemetery. Every direction you look is more stunning than the last. I love to wander cemeteries and a person could wander for days.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

I actually have family members buried there and it is a place that allows me to visit and feel close to them. The grounds are truly something special.

Thank Debe R
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

My 17 year old grandson and I were going to visit the two War museums downtown. Unfortunately they were closed for Good Friday. Rather than throw away a good afternoon I decided to take him to see Crown Hill. The view from the top is...More

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

I came here on a Friday afternoon. Since the cemetery was large, I opted to drive around slowly in my car. It is a nice cemetery with large tomb stones and monuments, including the James Whitcomb Riley one at the highest point of a hill....More

Thank AKAshon
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

Has President Benjamin Harrison, and John Dillinger worth a trip thru was site of old Civil war prison. Some of Hillarly Rodham Clintons confederate relation buried there

Thank Bill S
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

My reason for visiting was to see Benjamin Harrison's gravesite, which is easy to find and clearly marked along the road in the cemetery. My gps tried taking me to the wrong entrance so you might just have to use common sense if you have...More

Thank Cory C
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

This is a great place to observe wildlife, learn trees, local history or just savor the serene beauty of the city from the James Whitcomb Riley monument.

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

This cemetery is highly sought after in Indianapolis. The grounds are beautiful. The area is safe and well maintained.

Thank Reda N
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shroads
1 September 2017|
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Response from Marty D | Property representative |
To name just a few: President Benjamin Harrison Vice President Thomas Marshall Vice President Thomas Hendricks Vice President Charles Fairbanks Hoosier Poet James Whitcomb Riley Col. Eli Lilly May Wright Sewell... More
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shroads
1 September 2017|
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Response from Marty D | Property representative |
Yes!
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PatDow
12 May 2016|
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Response from Linda Z | Reviewed this property |
Yes, enter the stone Gothic gate at 34th St. & Boulevard Place. (The address is 3400 Boulevard Place.) The Waiting Station is the brick building on the right. Where the bell tower is.
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