Crown Hill Cemetery was founded on September 25, 1863 at the height of the Civil War, and was dedicated on June 1, 1864. The following day the first burial took place for Mrs. Lucy Ann Seaton, a young mother who died at age 33 of "Consumption," more commonly known as Tuberculosis. In the many years that have followed, Crown Hill has become the final resting place for over 200,000 people from all walks of life.
We're proud of our rich heritage, and we'd like to encourage you to Join Us to learn about the many people buried here. We have an award-winning Public and Private Tours Program; events such as "Spirit of Freedom," an annual event with Civil War re-enactors celebrating the lives of the brave African-Americans who fought during the Civil War; our very popular Memorial Day Ceremonies; or the Beyond the Badge 5K Run / Walk, an event held each September which raises funds for public safety scholarships and honors the lives of our public safety heroes who have paid the ultimate price. These are just a few of the things we offer to honor many of the people buried here.
We also encourage you to explore the many free resources on this website, and also do your own independent study. There are thousands of stories to be told and we've just scratched the surface. The men, women, and children buried and entombed at Crown Hill may be gone but they're certainly not forgotten.
Below are links to documents about a few of the people buried here, as well as links to websites for others. Be sure to explore the Crown Hill Notables document, which lists many people buried here and other websites for more information.
Crown Hill Burial Locator - a database for finding people buried at Crown Hill
Crown Hill Notables (Last Name) [PDF]
1st Burial - Lucy Ann Seaton [PDF]
President Benjamin Harrison [PDF]
James Whitcomb Riley [PDF]
James Whitcomb Riley's Burial Permit [PDF]
James Whitcomb Riley's Funeral [PDF]
Helen Link & Her Daffodils
African-American Notables [PDF]
Women of Crown Hill [PDF]
Civil War Generals Buried at Crown Hill [PDF]
Confederate Mound and National Cemetery
Indianapolis Auto Greats [PDF]
DAR Regents Buried at Crown Hill [PDF Map]
National Cemetery [PDF]
Pioneer Cemetery [PDF]
Cannon Ball Baker [PDF]
John Y. Woodruff [PDF] - 1936 Berlin Olympics Article - Photograph
John Dillinger [PDF]
Map to John Dillinger's Grave [PDF]
John Dillinger - Chicago Tribune [PDF]
History Book Order Form [PDF]
Find-A-Grave's database of Crown Hill burials
Wikipedia's Listing of Crown Hill burials
For further research, you may contact the Genealogical Society of Marion County, IN