Looking Back – December 2020

As we look back on the last year, the Crown Hill Foundation offers its gratitude for the support and generosity that continues to make our mission possible, especially during these historic times. Our mission to preserve and celebrate Crown Hill Cemetery is thriving because of the support of our donors.

  • Planted more than 50 trees through our Memorial Tree Program.
  • Restored first historic family mausoleum built in 1864 for Caleb Blood Smith, who served as Secretary of the Interior in President Abraham Lincoln’s Cabinet.
  • Restored mausoleum built for Vice President Thomas R. Marshall, who, as the 27th Governor of Indiana, laid the final ceremonial “Gold” brick to complete the paving of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • Created the Indianapolis Bicentennial self-guided tour and map (endorsed by the Indianapolis Bicentennial Commission) featuring the founders, builders and everyday citizens who made Indianapolis the wonderful place it is today.
  • Created the Racing Legends self-guided tour and map celebrating automotive heritage at Crown Hill.
  • Developed exercise maps inviting visitors to enjoy the 555 acres of Crown Hill with its 25 miles of winding roads, 4,000 plus inventoried trees, white-tailed deer and great natural beauty.
  • Presented a dozen virtual tours of popular sites, landmarks and memorials at Crown Hill

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