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Old City Cemetery

401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA
+1 434-847-1465
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Interesting drive/walk

I thought I would not enjoy this attraction, but I did. My husband wanted to check it out so we... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Shawsville, Virginia
Cool place to visit

It is a mid 19th century cemetery with a lot of neat historical markers from the Civil War. There's... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Cincy R
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
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401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA
+1 434-847-1465
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I thought I would not enjoy this attraction, but I did. My husband wanted to check it out so we drove around until we found the little cemetery gift shop. This was the first gift shop that I have ever seen in a cemetery! The...More

Thank Melissa_and_RobertP
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is a mid 19th century cemetery with a lot of neat historical markers from the Civil War. There's also some self touring museum sites. Cool for history buffs.

Thank Cincy R
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Great walking tour; very informative docents throughout grounds. The pest house has a particularly interesting display on nineteenth century medical practice.

Thank lavernes2017
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Many interesting gravestones, including Revolutionary and many Civil War soldiers. Restored buildings to visit.

Thank Amy H
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Old City Cemetery is full of history and the grounds are beautiful. The staff is so knowledgeable. There are many events and programs offered throughout the year to attend.

Thank bmurrell2017
Gravegarden, General Manager at Old City Cemetery, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Thank you, Barbara! We appreciate your kind words and positive review. Please keep coming back to visit...

Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

So man lives and so many stories here in the cemetery. As you go in, stop and get out, then again by the monument, again by the bottom of the hill, then again up by the church. These men died for all of us. Visit...More

1  Thank Ben S
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Love this area. It has breath taking views and a tone of history. The ladies at the gift shop are full of knowledge and very helpful. They are wonderful, my father-in-law is scattered there and it is just such a nice place. Love the swing...More

1  Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

Intriguing, thought provoking, peaceful piece of Lynchburg history. Definitely worth the investment and loving care to preserve such an honored place of rest for so many.

Thank DogzRule1
Reviewed 5 June 2017

What a historical and interesting cemetery. I thought that this would be a quick in and out visit but ended up spending the better part of 3-hours visiting. The Old City Cemetery was founded in 1806 and is one of the Oldest cemetery's in Central...More

2  Thank SneakinDeacon
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed our visit, but will be going back once roses bloom. Enjoyed lunch in gazebo (please clean up after yourself). It is part of our history we hope they will never remove or disturb.

Thank LuvToTravelWithHubby
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