Public Tours

We welcome you to discover, explore and experience Crown Hill Cemetery on our award-winning public tours. Led by knowledgeable guides, these tours allow you to enjoy Crown Hill at the most beautiful time of day and experience nature at its finest as you learn about the history and heritage of our country’s third-largest cemetery. With over 215,000 stories to tell, we’re just getting started! We offer a variety of tour themes from May through October. Most are held on Saturday nights and scheduled so participants can see the sunset from the top of Crown Hill, the highest hill in the county. This amazing vantage point provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire city skyline. (For student and child groups, please arrange a Private Group Tour for your group.)

Tours

  • Tombstones & Spring Trees

    BLOOMING TREES! See the beauty of the amazing blooming spring trees of Crown Hill & learn about their human neighbors. On this tour, participants will see the impressive tombstones, and the equally impressive nearby trees (often much more impressive!), on this leisurely walk through the scenic grounds of the cemetery.

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    Blooming Magnolia Tree on Section 13

    BLOOMING TREES! See the beauty of the amazing blooming spring trees of Crown Hill & learn about their human neighbors. On this tour, participants will see the impressive tombstones, and the equally impressive nearby trees (often much more impressive!), on this leisurely walk through the scenic grounds of the cemetery. This tour will take a closer look at about 20 of the 4,100 trees in the cemetery, some of which are not native to Indiana. Among the trees, visitors will hear about some of the interesting people buried at Crown Hill, and what they did during their lives. Enjoy nature and history at the same time!

    Morning walking tour! This is a Saturday morning walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. 

    Where to meet: Inside 34th St. Gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Arrive 10-15 min. early.

    All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Student and child groups must arrange for a Private Group Tour.)

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    Saturday, May 9
      $7 in advance online, $10 at the gate
      9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Veterans

    On this walking tour following the Memorial Day Ceremony, we’ll visit the graves of soldiers who have fought for America from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism, most of them having paid the ultimate sacrifice. Included is Tristin Kinder, whose father journeyed from Indiana to Mexico in 1847 to bring back his son’s body for burial, and the cenotaph for Hilton Brown Jr., who is buried in an American Cemetery in France following his death in WWI.

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    Cenotaph for Lt. Hilton U. Brown Jr.

    On this walking tour following the Memorial Day Ceremony, we’ll visit the graves of soldiers who have fought for America from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism, most of them having paid the ultimate sacrifice. Included is Tristin Kinder, whose father journeyed from Indiana to Mexico in 1847 to bring back his son’s body for burial, and the cenotaph for Hilton Brown Jr., who is buried in an American Cemetery in France following his death in WWI.

    Walking tour! This is a walking tour that will cover a mile or less at a comfortable pace for most. Participants will see the view from the top of the Crown, the highest hill in Marion County with a 360-degree view of the entire city skyline!

    Where to meet: Behind the Gothic Chapel – behind the stage or near the flagpole on the National Cemetery. The exact location will be announced at the end of the Memorial Day Ceremony.

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    Monday, May 25
      Free - no ticket or RSVP required
      3:00-4:00 pm (approximately)
  • New! Indy Bicentennial WALKING Tours

    Happy Birthday, Indianapolis! Indy turns 200 and the city is celebrating from June 2020 – May 2021! The history of Indianapolis can be traced back to the summer of 1820 when dozens of families built cabins along the riverbank in a settlement named Fall Creek. Join us for our new Bicentennial Walking Tour highlighting many of the city’s pioneers, movers & shakers, mayors, those whose names live on in our streets and neighborhoods, and cultural figures.

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    Indy Skyline from the Crown. Even before Crown Hill became a cemetery in 1863 – 43 years after the city was founded – people came to the top of this hill to look back at the growing city over three miles away. They continued to watch the skyline develop over the next 157 years, and change into what we see today.

    Happy Birthday, Indianapolis! Indy turns 200 and the city is celebrating from June 2020 – May 2021! The history of Indianapolis can be traced back to the summer of 1820 when dozens of families built cabins along the riverbank in a settlement named Fall Creek.

    Join us for our new Indy Bicentennial Walking Tours highlighting many of the city’s pioneers, movers & shakers, mayors, those whose names live on in our streets and neighborhoods, and cultural figures. Among the many stops on the tour are Alexander Ralston, the surveyor responsible for designing the mile square, the Fletcher family, successful in business and banking, Carl Fisher, the force behind the Indianapolis 500, and L. S. Ayres, founder of the regional department store chain.

    Check out this beautiful 360-degree photo by Sergio Bennett of the Indianapolis skyline from James Whitcomb Riley’s memorial on The Crown.

    Cost & Tickets:
    Purchase discounted tickets on Eventbrite!

    Adults (18+): $7.00 in advance or $10 at the gate
    Children (17 and under): FREE (must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)
    ***STUDENT or CHILD groups must arrange for a private group tour***

    Sunset walking tour! This is a walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. Participants will see the sunset from the top of the Crown, the highest hill in Marion County with a 360-degree view of the entire city skyline!

    Where to meet: Inside 34th St. Gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Arrive 10-15 min. early.

    Tour Times – this tour is offered twice in 2020:
    June 6 – 7:30-9:30 p.m. (See the sunset!)
    Sept. 26 – 6:00-8:00 p.m. (See the sunset!)

    All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Student and child groups must arrange for a Private Group Tour.)

    TROLLEY TOURS!
    On July 25 and August 1, join us for our new Indy Bicentennial TROLLEY Tours!
    Conducted from the comfort of an air-conditioned trolley, these tours will cover some notables not included on our Indy Bicentennial Walking Tours! Two tours will be held on each date. 

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    June 6 Sept 26
      $7 in advance online, $10 at the gate
  • Skeletons in the Closet, Part I

    On this interesting and very popular sunset walking tour, we’ll learn about some skeletons in the closet! Was it one of his three wives, or another long-time lover, that Skiles Test kept in a glass coffin in his “House of Blue Lights” along Fall Creek? Why does one headstone say simply, “Mother of Rosalind” and not her full name, which would have been “Helen Orr Hufnall Phaff English Wegmann English English Prince Prince”?

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    Sundial on the Test memorial. Skiles Test is known for the “House of Blue Lights.”

    On this interesting and very popular sunset walking tour, we’ll learn about some skeletons in the closet! Was it one of his three wives, or another long-time lover, that Skiles Test kept in a glass coffin in his “House of Blue Lights” along Fall Creek? Why does one headstone say simply, “Mother of Rosalind” and not her full name, which would have been “Helen Orr Hufnall Phaff English Wegmann English English Prince Prince”? He followed in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather to become bank president, building himself a 40,000 square foot mansion on the east side of town, but by the time Stoughton Fletcher died, he’d lost the house, survived his wife’s suicide, a runaway daughter’s mysterious death, and was working as a hotel elevator operator in Los Angeles when his son committed suicide as well. On this tour, we’ll discuss these lives and the lives of others who show us that money does not necessarily bring happiness. (Spoiler alert!)

    Note: this is not a creepy tour about ghosts, but a historical tour about some of the people buried at Crown Hill.

    This tour is offered twice in 2020:
    June 13 – 7:30-9:30 p.m. (See the sunset!)
    October 3 – 6-8 p.m. (See the sunset!)

    Sunset walking tour! This is a walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. Participants will see the sunset from the top of the Crown, the highest hill in Marion County with a 360-degree view of the entire city skyline!

    Where to meet: Inside 34th St. Gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Arrive 10-15 min. early.

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    Saturday, Jun 13 Saturday, Oct 3
      $7 in advance online, $10 at the gate
  • Victorian Symbolism

    On this walking tour we’ll explore some of the interesting examples of Victorian symbolism on monuments and markers found throughout Crown Hill and try to understand what mean in the context of the era when they were created. If you’ve ever wondered about the unique tree trunk monuments, you’ll learn the meaning of the number of branches, as well as if they’re broken or not.

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    Symbolic Weeping Willow Tree & Stars on Memorial for Joshua Black

    On this fascinating sunset walking tour, we’ll explore some of the interesting examples of Victorian symbolism on monuments and markers found throughout Crown Hill and try to understand what mean in the context of the era when they were created. If you’ve ever wondered about the unique tree trunk monuments, you’ll learn the meaning of the number of branches, as well as if they’re broken or not. Common symbols are flowers, ferns, weeping willows, stars, anchors, chains, draped flags, lambs, sun disks, serpents, angels, crosses, open books, and wreaths, just to name a few.

    Unlike many of our monuments and markers today which sometimes have engravings of literal representations to reveal the life of the deceased (a piano, dog, airplane, etc.), Victorian stones are highly symbolic. On this tour, we’ll look at these symbols and try to understand what they say about the people buried beneath them.

    Another tour of interest will be held on September 12 and is titled “Stones that Talk,” which will explore contemporary stones and what their more literal symbols and shapes they tell us about the deceased.

    Sunset walking tour! This is a walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. Participants will see the sunset from the top of the Crown, the highest hill in Marion County with a 360-degree view of the entire city skyline!

    Where to meet: Inside 34th St. Gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Arrive 10-15 min. early.

    All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Student and child groups must arrange for a Private Group Tour.)

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    Saturday, Jun 20
      $7 in advance online, $10 at the gate
      7:30 - 9:30 pm
  • Heritage

    Our most popular tour! The Heritage Tour presents the history of Crown Hill Cemetery while visiting the graves of some of the many interesting people buried here, both the famous and not so famous, recent and long gone. A variety of monuments will be seen, including some of our most recognized statues.

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    Sunset from the James Whitcomb Riley Memorial on the top of the Crown

    Our most popular tour! The Heritage Tour presents the history of Crown Hill Cemetery while visiting the graves of some of the many interesting people buried here, both the famous and not so famous, recent and long gone. A variety of monuments will be seen, including some of our most recognized statues.

    Tour participants will also have an opportunity to enjoy the stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the downtown Indianapolis skyline at sunset (in June, July, and August) from the tomb of the famous Hoosier Poet, James Whitcomb Riley, high atop beautiful Crown Hill. This tour captures highlights from many of our other tours and is interesting for all ages. Highly recommended! This is a walking tour that will cover about one mile at a comfortable pace for most.

    Tour Times – this tour is offered four times in 2020:
    June 27 – 7:30-9:30 p.m. (See the sunset!)
    July 11 – 7:30-9:30 p.m. (See the sunset!)
    August 15 – 7-9 p.m. (See the sunset!)
    October 11 – 3-5 p.m.

    Walking tour! This is a walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. 

    Where to meet: Inside 34th St. Gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Arrive 10-15 min. early.

    All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Student and child groups must arrange for a Private Group Tour.)

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    Saturday, Jun 27 Saturday, Jul 11 Saturday, Aug 15 Sunday, Oct 11
      $7 in advance online, $10 at the gate
  • Civil War

    Crown Hill and the Civil War – did you know that Crown Hill Cemetery was founded in 1863 because of the Civil War? The original city cemetery, Greenlawn, became full due to the many Civil War soldiers being buried there. The Civil War was still being fought when Crown Hill opened its gates in June 1864, and the first burial was for Lucy Ann Seaton, the young wife of a Civil War Union Captain.

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    Civil War Union General Jefferson C. Davis

    Crown Hill and the Civil War – did you know that Crown Hill Cemetery was founded in 1863 because of the Civil War? The original city cemetery, Greenlawn, became full due to the many Civil War soldiers being buried there. The Civil War was still being fought when Crown Hill opened its gates in June 1864, and the first burial was for Lucy Ann Seaton, the young wife of a Civil War Union Captain. On our Civil War tour, we’ll examine the lives of the many brave soldiers and generals who took part in the War Between the States, and of the politicians, journalists, and even household servants whose lives influenced and were influenced by our country’s great conflict. Included on this tour is Civil War Union Gen. Jefferson C. Davis, the highest-ranking military officer buried at Crown Hill. (He’s not to be confused with Confederate President Jefferson Davis.)

    Morning Walking Tour! This is a Saturday morning walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most.

    Where to meet: Inside 34th St. Gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Arrive 10-15 min. early.

    All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Student and child groups must arrange for a Private Group Tour.)

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    Saturday, July 18
      $7 in advance online, $10 at the gate
      9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • New! Indy Bicentennial TROLLEY Tours

    Happy Birthday, Indianapolis! Indy turns 200 and the city is celebrating from June 2020 – May 2021! The history of Indianapolis can be traced back to the summer of 1820 when dozens of families built cabins along the riverbank in a settlement named Fall Creek. Join us for one of our new Bicentennial TROLLEY Tours highlighting many of the city’s pioneers, movers and shakers, cultural figures, famous, and the infamous.

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    Indy Skyline from the Crown. Even before Crown Hill became a cemetery in 1863 – 43 years after the city was founded – people came to the top of this hill to look back at the growing city over three miles away. They continued to watch the skyline develop over the next 157 years, and change into what we see today.

    Happy Birthday, Indianapolis! Indy turns 200 and the city is celebrating from June 2020 – May 2021! The history of Indianapolis can be traced back to the summer of 1820 when dozens of families built cabins along the riverbank in a settlement named Fall Creek.

    Join us for one of our new Bicentennial TROLLEY Tours highlighting many of the city’s pioneers, movers and shakers, cultural figures, famous, and the infamous. Among them are the Vice Presidents who called Indianapolis home; the English family, whose hotel sat on Monument Circle; James Whitcomb Riley, the famous Hoosier Poet; the Lilly family who formed the pharmaceutical giant and contributed many millions to Indianapolis; John Dillinger, infamous bank robber; and George Knox, once the leading African-American in town. The tour includes many notables not included on the Bicentennial Walking Tours and viewed from a comfortable air-conditioned trolley.

    Participants will enjoy the opportunity to get off the trolley at the top of the Crown, the highest hill in Marion County to see and photograph the amazing 360-degree view of the entire city skyline! Another stop may be added! A printed booklet highlighting many notables will be included, along with light refreshments!

    Check out this beautiful 360-degree photo by Sergio Bennett of the Indianapolis skyline from James Whitcomb Riley’s memorial on The Crown.

    Trolley for the “Indy Bicentennial Tour” of Crown Hill

    Seats Available:
    Tickets are available for 24 seats and one wheelchair.

    Tickets:
    The cost is $20 per person and includes the Trolley Tour, handout, and light refreshments. Tickets will be available for purchase on Eventbrite by early February. Please check back!

    Tour Dates & Times:

    Saturday, July 25
    1st Trolley Tour – 5:00-6:15 p.m. (approx.) – arrive no later than 4:45 p.m.
    2nd Trolley Tour – 6:45-8:00 p.m. (approx.) – arrive no later than 6:30 p.m.

    Saturday, August 1
    1st Trolley Tour
    – 5:00-6:15 p.m. (approx.) – arrive no later than 4:45 p.m.
    2nd Trolley Tour – 6:45-8:00 p.m. (approx.) – arrive no later than 6:30 p.m.

    Important! Participants need to arrive 15 min. early to get checked-in before the tour begins. The trolley will leave on time and if you’re not ready to go you will miss it!

    Where to meet: Inside 34th St. Gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Parking is free and restrooms are available.

    Other Indy Bicentennial Tours: Join us on June 6 and September 26 for our Indy Bicentennial WALKING Tours!

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    Saturday, July 25 Saturday, August 1
      $20
      Two Tours on each date - 5:00-6:15 p.m. & 6:45-8:00 p.m.
  • Dillinger & Eastside Notables

    This very popular walking tour includes the sections just north of the Waiting Station, which is a part of the cemetery not regularly covered on other walking tours. Bank robber John Dillinger’s grave will, of course, be one of our destinations. We will also stop at the graves of many other interesting and important people, and others – although unknown – have memorialized themselves with some rather unique monuments.

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    Dillinger Family Monument with John Dillinger

    This very popular walking tour includes the sections just north of the Waiting Station, which is a part of the cemetery not regularly covered on other walking tours. Bank robber John Dillinger’s grave will, of course, be one of our destinations. We will also stop at the graves of many other interesting and important people, and others – although unknown – have memorialized themselves with some rather unique monuments. This side of the cemetery features a number of beautiful angel statues and a couple of big lions.

    Walking tour! This is a Sunday afternoon walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. 

    Where to meet: Inside 34th St. Gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Arrive 10-15 min. early.

    All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Student and child groups must arrange for a Private Group Tour.)

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    Sunday, July 26
      $7 in advance online, $10 at the gate
      3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Treason in Indianapolis

    Led by Civil War expert and Crown Hill Tour guide Nikki Schofield, also the author of the Civil War novel, Treason Afoot, this tour explores the lives of men and women who were involved in the Indianapolis Treason Trials, which began in the federal courthouse in Indianapolis in September 1864.

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    Bust of Gov. Oliver P. Morton, Indiana’s Civil War governor. The Indianapolis Treason Trials might never have occurred had it not been for him.

    Led by Civil War expert and Crown Hill Tour guide Nikki Schofield, also the author of the Civil War novel, Treason Afoot, this tour explores the lives of men and women who were involved in the Indianapolis Treason Trials, which began in the federal courthouse in Indianapolis in September 1864. The individuals involved were charged with “conspiracy against the government of the United States, conspiracy to aid the rebellion, and conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States.” The treason trials might never have occurred if not for Gov. Oliver Morton, a friend of President Lincoln.

    If unfamiliar with the Indianapolis Treason Trials, you can read more about them in this piece written by William Rehnquist (1924-2005), former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, entitled Civil Liberty and the Civil War: The Indianapolis Treason Trials.

    Morning walking tour! This is a Saturday morning walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. 

    Where to meet: Inside 34th St. Gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Arrive 10-15 min. early.

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    Saturday, Aug 8
      $7 in advance online, $10 at the gate
      9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Angels of Crown Hill

    Angel Visitations … Crown Hill is home to many angel statue monuments, from delicate marble angels of the Victorian era to very recent angels of granite and bronze. Most are very large with crosses, but one in particular is a very small marble angel featuring the words to “Silent Night” carved on its base in German.

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    Small Angel statue with “Silent Night” engraved on the front in German

    Angel Visitations … Crown Hill is home to many angel statue monuments, from delicate marble angels of the Victorian era to very recent angels of granite and bronze. Most are very large with crosses, but one, in particular, is a very small marble angel featuring the words to “Silent Night” carved on its base in German. Angels are such a popular and important spiritual symbol in cemeteries, churches, and in the lives of millions of people, so it’s nice to pay special attention to them on a guided tour. Please join us as we stroll through a part of the cemetery to see some of Crown Hill’s angel statues during the beautiful “golden hour” of light leading up to sunset. Tour participants are encouraged to bring their cameras and capture images of these sacred statues in the special light. On this tour, we’ll also learn about the families who erected these beautiful statues and enjoy the stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the downtown Indianapolis skyline at sunset from the tomb of the famous Hoosier Poet, James Whitcomb Riley, high atop beautiful Crown Hill.

    Sunset walking tour!
    This is a sunset walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most.

    Where to meet: Inside 34th St. Gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Arrive 10-15 min. early.

    All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Student and child groups must arrange for a Private Group Tour.)

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    Saturday, Aug 22
      $7 in advance online, $10 at the gate
      7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Dramas & Disasters

    On this fascinating new tour, visitors will hear the stories of spies, traitors, villains, and heroes as they visit the graves of men and women who lived during the Civil War. They will learn about the largest prison break, the murder of two Union generals, the death by firing squad of an Indiana school teacher, as well as other memorable events in our country’s history in the 1860s.

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    Bronze bust of Abel D. Streight, Union Army Colonel in the Civil War

    On this fascinating tour, visitors will hear the stories of spies, traitors, villains, and heroes as they visit the graves of men and women who lived during the Civil War. They will learn about the largest prison break, the murder of two Union generals, the death by firing squad of an Indiana school teacher, as well as other memorable events in our country’s history in the 1860s. Pictured here is the large memorial for Abel Delan Streight, who was captured by C.S.A. General Nathan Bedford Forrest during the first Union raid into the South. His narrow escape from Libby Prison was the largest prison break during the Civil War.

    Walking tour! This is a 90-minute Saturday morning walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. 

    Where to meet: Inside 34th St. Gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Arrive 10-15 min. early.

    All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Student and child groups must arrange for a Private Group Tour.)

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    Saturday, Sept 5
      $7 in advance online, $10 at the gate
      9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Stones That Talk

    On this interesting walking/driving tour, we’ll focus on more contemporary monuments and markers which often feature engravings of literal representations or quotes that reveal the life of the deceased, as well as stones that are actually shaped to represent that person’s interests. A few examples represented at Crown Hill are dogs, planes, pianos, etc., as well as monuments shaped like barns, houses, etc.

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    Tennis Net Monument on the Crown for Stan Malless

    On this interesting walking/driving tour, we’ll focus on more contemporary monuments and markers which often feature engravings of literal representations or quotes that reveal the life of the deceased, as well as stones that are actually shaped to represent that person’s interests. A few examples represented at Crown Hill are dogs, planes, pianos, etc., as well as monuments shaped like barns, houses, etc. (It’s a variation of the Victorian Symbolism tour on June 20, which focuses on symbols on monuments and what they mean. Many of the earlier monuments have flowers, wreaths, weeping willows, draped flags, angels, lambs, etc., which all symbolize something other than what they are.) This tour stays fairly close to the Gothic Chapel and will include a drive to the top of the Crown at the end.

    Sunset walking tour! This is a walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. Participants will see the sunset from the top of the Crown, the highest hill in Marion County with a 360-degree view of the entire city skyline!

    Where to meet: Inside 34th St. Gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Arrive 10-15 min. early.

    All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Student and child groups must arrange for a Private Group Tour.)

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    Saturday, Sept 12
      $7 in advance online, $10 at the gate
      6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Heroes & Heritage

    This walking tour is held in conjunction with the popular Beyond the Badge 5K Run/Walk taking place next morning, Sunday, September 20. On the eve of Beyond the Badge 5K Run/Walk, tour attendees will learn stories of courage and sacrifice of some of our Public Safety heroes buried on the Heroes of Public Safety Section.

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    Heroes of Public Safety Memorial with Honor Guard

    This walking tour is held in conjunction with the popular Beyond the Badge 5K Run/Walk taking place next morning, Sunday, September 20. On the eve of Beyond the Badge 5K Run/Walk, tour attendees will learn stories of courage and sacrifice of some of our Public Safety heroes buried on the Heroes of Public Safety Section. Jerry Baker, father of Sheriff’s Deputy Jason M. Baker (who was killed in the line of duty in September 2001), will be on hand to share stories of Jason and of others buried in the special section. In addition, this tour includes information from our popular Heritage Tour, which presents the history of Crown Hill Cemetery while visiting the graves of some of the many interesting people buried here, both the famous and not so famous, recent and long gone. A variety of monuments, including some of our most recognized statues, are included, as well as the view at sunset of the downtown skyline from James Whitcomb Riley’s tomb high atop beautiful Crown Hill.

    Sunset walking tour! This is a walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. Participants will see the sunset from the top of the Crown, the highest hill in Marion County with a 360-degree view of the entire city skyline!

    Where to meet: Inside 34th St. Gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Arrive 10-15 min. early.

    All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Student and child groups must arrange for a Private Group Tour.)

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    Saturday, Sept 19
      $7 in advance online, $10 at the gate
      6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Tombstones & Fall Trees

    FALL FOLIAGE! Learn about the trees of Crown Hill & their human neighbors and see our beautiful fall foliage! On this tour, participants will see the impressive tombstones, and the equally impressive nearby trees (often much more impressive!), on this leisurely walk through the scenic grounds of the cemetery.

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    Beautiful Ginkgo Tree in the Fall on Sec. 14

    FALL FOLIAGE! Learn about the trees of Crown Hill & their human neighbors and see our beautiful fall foliage! On this tour, participants will see the impressive tombstones, and the equally impressive nearby trees (often much more impressive!), on this leisurely walk through the scenic grounds of the cemetery. This tour will take a closer look at about 20 of the 4,100 trees in the cemetery, some of which are not native to Indiana. Among the trees, visitors will hear about some of the interesting people buried at Crown Hill, and what they did during their lives. Enjoy nature and history at the same time! Keep your eyes open for some of our White-tailed deer! Students are welcome to do a leaf collection.  

    Walking tour! This is a Saturday morning walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. 

    Where to meet: Inside 34th St. Gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Arrive 10-15 min. early.

    All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Student and child groups must arrange for a Private Group Tour.)

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    Saturday, Oct 17
      $7 in advance online, $10 at the gate
      9:30-11:00a.m.
  • Skeletons in the Closet Part II

    More skeletons! On this tour we’ll learn about the more sensational stories in the Indianapolis news from the 1860s to the 1970s. A few stops will make will be to learn about the infamous Nancy Clem and the Cold Spring Murders; bank robber John Dillinger; the rising executive slain by his mistress in the 1950s; grave robber Hampton West; the 1977 exploits of kidnapper Tony Kirtsis; Dr. Helene Knabe’s brutal unsolved murder in 1911; and the Marjorie Jackson case of 1977.

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    Dr. Helene Knabe’s Memorial on Section 43

    More skeletons! On this driving tour, we’ll learn about the more sensational stories in the Indianapolis news from the 1860s to the 1970s. A few stops will make will be to learn about the infamous Nancy Clem and the Cold Spring Murders; bank robber John Dillinger; the rising executive slain by his mistress in the 1950s; grave robber Hampton West; the 1977 exploits of kidnapper Tony Kirtsis; Dr. Helene Knabe’s brutal unsolved murder in 1911; and the Marjorie Jackson case of 1977. Of course, there are many others!

    Note: this is not a creepy tour about ghosts, but a historical tour about some of the people buried at Crown Hill. Participants will drive their own vehicles to each stop.

    Where to meet: Inside 34th St. Gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Arrive 10-15 min. early. 

    All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Student and child groups must arrange for a Private Group Tour.)

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    Sunday, Oct 25
      $7 in advance online, $10 at the gate
      3:00 - 5:00 p.m.