NEW VISITOR'S GUIDE & MAP!
Our new Visitor's Guide & Map is a wealth of information! It's a full-color 18" x 22" map with 25 small photos noting the locations of significant structures, important areas, statues, and monuments. When following the list of Notable Persons as a self-guided tour, you'll find that it forms a circle tour around the cemetery. The backside includes historical information, Crown Hill "By the Numbers," Hours of Operation and Contact information, and the important Mission of the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation. Feel free to download it HERE; pick one up at the Funeral Home & Cemetery Office at our 38th St. entrance (700 W. 38th St.); or take one from the box on the wall next to the front door of the Waiting Station, along with our Calendar of Tours & Events brochure, Tree Map, etc. The Waiting Station is the historical (1885) brick building located right inside the 34th St. gate, which was also built the same year. (3400 Boulevard Pl.).
HOW TO FIND SOMEONE BURIED AT CROWN HILL
Crown Hill Burial Locator - a database for finding people buried at Crown Hill
Find A Grave - a nice database of Crown Hill notables
Find A Grave - a nice database of Crown Hill burials (in addition to their notables list)
The records of Crown Hill can provide much sought-after information for those researching their family tree. Basic searches are $5 each and must be submitted by filling out our Genealogy Request Form [PDF]. Please follow the instructions on the form for the ways to submit it. If you have questions regarding genealogy, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that our genealogist is in the office one day a week, so please be patient if you don't receive an immediate response. For further genealogy information, visit the website of the Genealogical Society of Marion County (Indianapolis).
PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMING AT CROWN HILL
Commercial Film and Photography Agreement - this form must be completed and permission granted before commercial filming or photography can be done at Crown Hill Cemetery.
GOTHIC CHAPEL RENTAL FOR WEDDING CEREMONIES
Gothic Chapel Wedding Ceremony Rental Information (PDF) - Weddings in the Gothic Chapel are arranged through the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation. (If you're interested in renting the chapel for funerals and memorial services, please contact the Funeral Home Office at 317-925-3800.) Click on the link to download the PDF information sheet for weddings at Crown Hill. In brief, the Gothic Chapel is available for rental for weddings on Saturday evenings from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, and on Sundays from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. The chapel in unavailable for wedding rental on all major holidays as well as Halloween, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and most weekends in October.
Crown Hill's Award-Winning 150th Anniversary Book
CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is a beautiful 380-page coffee table book which tells the story of our nation's third largest non-government cemetery from its founding in 1863 (during the Civil War) until today. We're very proud that CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary was chosen as the SILVER AWARD WINNER for Foreward Review's prestigious national IndieFab "BOOK OF THE YEAR" in the Regional Category!
In this very popular book, authors Douglas Wissing, Marianne Tobias, Rebecca Dolan, and Anne Ryder cover many topics including extensive history, personal and poignant stories, natural history, and numerous vignettes of individuals and families who rest within its historic Gothic gates. It features over 600 beautiful, full color photographs by Marty N. Davis and Richard Fields, including a number of aerial photos of Crown Hill that will capture your attention as they allow you to see Crown Hill as you've never seen it before! Author Douglas Wissing beautifully weaves together 150 years of Crown Hill history with local and state history, creating the context which allowed Crown Hill to become the "City on the Hill" - the final resting place of many of our pioneers, civic leaders, politicians, musicians, actors, artists, automotive manufacturers and Indianapolis 500 notables, military and public safety heroes, and countless others.
CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is 11"x11", hard bound, and weighs approx. 5.5 lbs., and is available for purchase at the Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery office, Monday-Saturday, from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. (The address is 700 W. 38th St., which is the corner of 38th St. and Clarendon Rd.) It may also be ordered by mail by using this downloadable ORDER FORM. The total cost is $40 per book, or $50 if mailed, including the shipping and handling fee of $10 per book. For more information, please contact Marianne Randjelovic at email@example.com or call (317) 920-4165.
Crown Hill History Book (Soft Cover)
You can order or pickup at the office our $5 history book featuring Crown Hill History as well as photos, diagrams, and biographical info for many Crown Hill notables. Also included are self-guided walking tours. This is a 8.5" x 11" soft-cover book. If you pick it up at the office it's $5; if you want it mailed to you it'll be $7.50 with postage and handling. Feel free to download the History Book Order Form [PDF]. If you'd like to order it by phone with a credit card, please please contact Marianne Randjelovic at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (317) 920-4165.
1896 Crown Hill History Book Online
You can view a 1896 history book about Crown Hill online. It includes black & white photographs, lists of Cemetery Officers beginning in 1863, lists of Cemetery Corporators, Articles of Association, 1896 Rules and Regulations, and a list of Lot Owners from 1863-1896. Click here to view it online.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources - cemetery-related information, including symbolism, restoration, genealogy links, etc.
The Cultural Landscape Foundation - read about Crown Hill. Cultural Landscapes "provide a sense of place and identity; they map our relationship with the land over time; and they are part of our national heritage and each of our lives."
American Volkssport Association - information about their official Crown Hill walks.