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Join the thousands who visit Crown Hill each year and experience the incredible beauty, history, and heritage of the nation's third-largest cemetery on a guided walking or driving tour. Twice voted "Best of Indy Walking Tour" by Indianapolis Monthly magazine, our Public Tours & Events and Private guided tours offer an interesting and detailed look into the lives of many of the famous and infamous, fascinating, and sometimes ordinary people buried and entombed here.

To purchase discount TICKETS for our Public Tours, please visit our page on EVENTBRITEPublic Tours are $7 in advance (no fees!) for ages 18+ and $10 at the gate.



Click on the graphic above to see our 2019 Calendar of Tours and Events Page, complete with photos and descriptions!


Visitor's Guide & Map 
Our popular 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 (bottom left corner) as a self-guided tour, you'll find that it forms a circle tour around the cemetery. The backside (not shown) includes historical information, Crown Hill "By the Numbers," Hours of Operation and Contact information, and the important Mission of the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation.

Did you know that if you walk, run, or bike (or drive!) the entire inside perimeter of Crown Hill, it's almost exactly five miles?! And did you know that Crown Hill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places? Did you know that Crown Hill has over 200,000 burial and entombments, 25-miles of paved roads, and is comprised of 555 acres? There's lots to learn from our Visitor's Guide and Map! 

Feel free to download it HERE!



CROWN HILL:
History, Spirit, Sanctuary

WINS NATIONAL AWARD!

 
       In celebration of Crown Hill's 150th Anniversary, Crown Hill Heritage Foundation and Indiana Historical Society Press have published a fantastic coffee table book, and people LOVE it! 
       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! (Awards were determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers from around the country, in conjunction with Forward's editorial staff. Representing hundreds of independent and university presses of all sizes, IndieFab winners were selected after months of editorial deliberation over more than 1,500 entries in 60 categories. Winners were announced at the American Library Association's annual conference in Las Vegas.) 
      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. 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.
       Something unique about this wonderful book is that you don't need to have family buried at Crown Hill to thoroughly enjoy it. In fact, you don't need to have ever stepped foot inside our gates to love it! The book is 11"x11", is hardbound, and weighs approx. 5.5 lbs!
       BOOK REVIEW! You can read a wonderful REVIEW of our book by William A. Browne in the December 2014 issue of Indiana Magazine of History. (Please note that our second photographer, Richard Fields, was mistakenly omitted from the review.) 
      CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary 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. You may also order your copy(s) by phone or by mail for $40 each and pick your book(s) up at the Funeral Home and Cemetery office Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
 
      For more information, please contact Marianne Randjelovic at development@crownhill.org or call (317) 920-4165.  

Monument Restoration    
Pictured here is the beautiful marble statue erected in memory of Corliss Randle Ruckle (1877-1889), a 12-year-old boy who died of diphtheria over a century ago. This life-size statue features Corliss sitting on steps with an open book and other interesting symbols, and is one of many the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation has cleaned and restored with the help of generous donors. There are countless others in desperate need of restoration and preservation before they're lost forever. We need your help and we invite you to join us in saving the treasures of Crown Hill Cemetery ~ our statues, monuments, historic family mausoleums, and markers. Please visit our Monument Restoration page to see amazing before/after photos of Corliss' full statue and other exquisite monuments. Visit our Save Me page to learn how you can help make a difference for future generations.    

Social Media
Follow us and keep up to date on the happenings at Crown Hill Cemetery! Follow us on Twitter (@CrownHillCem), and you'll enjoy the tweets of Crown Hill historian Tom Davis, who often posts about Crown Hill trivia, interesting burials, tours, and lots of interesting photos.                      
                        

GUIDED TOURS! Check out this great article, A Cemetery to Die For [PDF] from the AAA Home & Away Magazine's website! Written by Chicago travel writer Susan Ward, "A Cemetery to Die For" is about Crown Hill and its residents, as well as our very popular and fun guided Public Tours.

Terrific Tours ~ Midwest Living
"TERRIFIC TOURS!" ~ we're so proud to be featured as a "TERRIFIC TOUR" in MIDWEST LIVING magazine! (Click here to read the article on Midwest Living's website.) Join us on one of these extremely popular PUBLIC TOURS throughout the summer and fall.
NEW this year! You can purchase discount PUBLIC TOUR TICKETS online! We also offer PRIVATE WALKING TOURS which can be scheduled on any day from 9 am to dark, and as long as a tour guide is available (holidays excluded

Popular Links:

NEW! 2019 Tours & Events Calendar
Purchase PUBLIC TOUR TICKETS
Visitor's Guide & Map 
[PDF Download] (Full color & large, with photos & history!)
Helen Link and Her Daffodils
Locate a Loved One (Locations of the 215,000+ people in Crown Hill)
How to Search our Site Using Google

 For additional information about Crown Hill, please check us out on the VISIT INDY website!
 
"As a cemetery, it is unique in Indiana, for its size and the historical context it provides to the families it serves and to Indianapolis. As an outdoor museum and park, it is a place of reflection and education for thousands of visitors who come to it each year. There is no other property, in this city or state that, offers the pastoral tranquility and texture it does. Dignity, reverence, and peace are among many other words that define Crown Hill."