Death Loves a Shining Mark

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Laurel Hill Gatehouse Office
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In Victorian America, formal bereavement was an accepted cultural institution. Mourning was observed through many non-spoken rituals to commemorate the dead, dictate social behavior and demonstrate the relationship to the deceased by a complicated system of rules to abide by. The use of symbolism in funerary monuments became increasingly important in how to memorialize a life that had passed, and impart information about how that life was lived; thereby creating an entire visual language around grief, mourning and bereavement. On this walking tour of the grounds, visitors will learn about Victorian mourning customs, and decipher the symbolic messages left behind by Laurel Hill's dearly departed.

The walking tour will take place on Saturday, March 21 at 11:00 am. Please convene at Laurel Hill Cemetery's Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

Ticket pricing is USD 15/General Admission, USD 13/Seniors (65 and Up), USD 13/Students with ID, USD 10/Members, USD 7.50/Youth (6-12), and USD 0/Child (5 and Under). Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

Please note - youth and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tour Guide: Clarissa Shanahan


General Admission: USD 15.0,
Seniors (65 and Up) and Students with ID: USD 13.0,
Members: USD 15.0,
Youth (6-12): USD 7.5,
Child (5 and Under): USD 0.0

Category: Community | History

Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Street Address

Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19132


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