Public Tours

We welcome you to discover, explore and experience historic Crown Hill Cemetery on our award-winning PUBLIC GUIDED TOURS! Led by knowledgeable guides, our 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 220,000+ stories to tell, we’re just getting started!

In 2022, we’re offering a variety of tour themes from May through October. Most tours are held on Saturday nights and are scheduled to end around 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. We also offer tours on Saturday mornings.

Tour groups are limited to 30 and all tickets must be purchased online in advance. There will be no tour tickets sold at the gate. Please get your tickets early!

For student and child groups, please arrange a Private Group Tour for your group.

Uber or Taxi Users: note that no tour begins at the 34th St. gate where we first gather to check-in participants. You must arrive 20 minutes early to have enough time to check-in and walk to where we park and the tour is to begin. Note that you will also need to walk back to the 34th St. gate following the tour. 

Tours

  • Tombstones & Spring Trees Tour, with our Arborist!

    BLOOMING TREES! See the beauty of the amazing blooming spring trees of Crown Hill & learn about their human neighbors. On this tour, led by our staff Arborist and a Crown Hill Tour Guide, participants will see the impressive tombstones, and the equally impressive nearby trees (often much more impressive!) from our TREE TOUR!

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    Blooming Saucer 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, led by our staff Arborist and a Crown Hill Tour Guide, participants will see the impressive tombstones, and the equally impressive nearby trees (often much more impressive!) from our TREE TOUR! This tour will take a closer look at some of the amazing trees in the cemetery, and among the trees, visitors will also 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 7
      $10 per person, ages 5 and up. (Tickets not required for children under age 5.) Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Memorial Day Walking Tours

    New in 2022 will be four guided walking tours held on Memorial Day at 10 am, 11 am, noon, and 3 pm (or following the Memorial Day Ceremony). Each tour is approximately 45 minutes long, and all highlighting military veterans. Themes will vary and will possibly be repeated.

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    Crown Hill National Cemetery

    New in 2022 will be four guided walking tours held on Memorial Day at 10 am, 11 am, noon, and 3 pm (or following the Memorial Day Ceremony). Each tour is approximately 45 minutes long, and all highlighting military veterans. Themes will vary and will possibly be repeated. Following the 12 pm tour, join us for a patriotic band concert behind the Gothic Chapel at 1:30 pm. The 152nd Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 2 pm and will feature keynote speaker Marine Corporal Josh Bleill (ret) and a 21-gun salute with Howitzer cannons. 

    Where to meet: The first three tours will depart from in front of the Gothic Chapel, which can be located from either gate by following the white line. The last tour following the Memorial Day Ceremony will depart from the flagpole on the National Cemetery (behind the Memorial Day stage).

    All tours are free and will be conducted by Crown Hill Tour Guides. Plenty of free parking and restrooms will be available.

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    Monday, May 30
      Free - no ticket or RSVP required
      10 am, 11 am, Noon, and 3 pm (or following the Memorial Day Ceremony)
  • Racing Legends Tour

    On this driving tour, we will complete a shortened version of Crown Hill’s Self-Guided Racing Legends Tour and visit the graves of the four founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, racecar drivers, auto manufacturers, and others who have made Indianapolis “the racing capital of the world.”

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    Final Finish Line with Indianapolis Motor Speedway founder Carl Fisher’s family mausoleum in the background.

    On this driving tour, we will complete a shortened version of Crown Hill’s Self-Guided Racing Legends Tour and visit the graves of the four founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, racecar drivers, auto manufacturers, and others who have made Indianapolis “the racing capital of the world.” You will also see the Final Finish Line! You’ll want to take advantage of having a guide to lead you along the way. It will conclude with the view at sunset of the downtown skyline from James Whitcomb Riley’s tomb high atop beautiful Crown Hill!

    Tour Tickets

    • $10 per person (ages 5 and up)
    • Tickets are not required for children under age 5
    • Must be purchased in advance online
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate
    • Ticket sales limited to 30 people

    Important Covid-19 Guidelines
    We follow CDC and Marion County Covid-19 guidelines

    • Fully Vaccinated: you are not required to wear a face mask
    • Not Fully Vaccinated: adults and children over the age of two are required to properly wear a face mask throughout the tour and maintain a social distance of six feet

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

    Driving tour! Participants will drive their own vehicles to each stop then get out to see the markers and monuments. Some walking is involved. 

    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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    June 4
      $10 per person, ages 5 and up. (Tickets not required for children under age 5.) Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      7:30 - 9:30 pm
  • Heritage Tours

    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 around sunset 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 Dates – this tour is offered five times in 2022:
    June 11
    – 7:30-9:30 p.m.
    July 9 – 7:30-9:30 p.m.
    August 13 – 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    September 10 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    October 8 – 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    Tour Tickets

    • $10 per person (ages 5 and up)
    • Tickets are not required for children under age 5
    • Must be purchased in advance online
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate
    • Ticket sales limited to 30 people

    Important Covid-19 Guidelines
    We follow CDC and Marion County Covid-19 guidelines

    • Fully Vaccinated: you are not required to wear a face mask
    • Not Fully Vaccinated: adults and children over the age of two are required to properly wear a face mask throughout the tour and maintain a social distance of six feet

    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, June 11 Saturday, July 9 Saturday, August 13 Saturday, September 10 Saturday, October 8
      $10 per person, ages 5 and up. (Tickets not required for children under age 5.) Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
  • Skeletons in the Closet, Part I Tours

    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 will be offered twice in 2022:
    June 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
    October 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    Tour Tickets

    • $10 per person (ages 5 and up)
    • Tickets are not required for children under age 5
    • Must be purchased in advance online
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate
    • Ticket sales limited to 30 people

    Important Covid-19 Guidelines
    We follow CDC and Marion County Covid-19 guidelines

    • Fully Vaccinated: you are not required to wear a face mask
    • Not Fully Vaccinated: adults and children over the age of two are required to properly wear a face mask throughout the tour and maintain a social distance of six feet

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

    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, June 18 Saturday, October 1
      $10 per person, ages 5 and up. (Tickets not required for children under age 5.) Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
  • Dramas & Disasters Tour

    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.

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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.

    Tour Tickets

    • $10 per person (ages 5 and up)
    • Tickets are not required for children under age 5
    • Must be purchased in advance online
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate
    • Ticket sales limited to 30 people

    Important Covid-19 Guidelines
    We follow CDC and Marion County Covid-19 guidelines

    • Fully Vaccinated: you are not required to wear a face mask
    • Not Fully Vaccinated: adults and children over the age of two are required to properly wear a face mask throughout the tour and maintain a social distance of six feet

    Walking tour! This is a two-hour 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, June 25
      $10 per person, ages 5 and up. (Tickets not required for children under age 5.) Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Celebration of Racing & Automotive Legends

    Join us as we once again as the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation celebrates the Racing & Automotive Legends at Crown Hill with IRMA (Indiana Racing Memorial Association)! This event will include individual metal TOUR MARKERS installed & the introduction of our mobile-friendly RACING LEGENDS TOUR APP! The highlight of the tour app are twenty audio recordings made by IMS Historian Donald Davidson and former IMS Announcer Bob Jenkins!

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    Join us once again as the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation celebrates the Racing & Automotive Legends at Crown Hill with IRMA (Indiana Racing Memorial Association)! New this year will be the release of our interactive RACING LEGENDS TOUR APP! A highlight of the tour app are twenty audio recordings made by IMS Historian Donald Davidson and former IMS Announcer – the “Voice of the 500,” –  the late Bob Jenkins.

    J. Douglas Boles, IMS President, laying the brick for Speedway Co-founder Arthur C. Newby into the Final Finish Line

    A special speaker will be J. Douglas Boles, President of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mr. Boles also joined us in 2018 and helped install the Speedway’s co-founder bricks into the Final Finish Line yard of bricks. After earning his law school degree in 2000, Boles joined IMS as vice president of communications in 2010. He added the title of chief operating officer in 2013 before becoming president a few months later.

    Keynote Speaker Jake Query “The Fan” Sports Broadcaster
    Photo credit: IndyStar

    We also welcome Jake Query, a veteran of Indianapolis sports radio, as our keynote speaker. Query is part of The Fan morning radio show and is co-host with Kevin Bowen on their show, “Kevin & Query,” which airs weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on WFNI, 93.5 and 107.5-FM. He began his radio career with IndyCar in 2007 and has called 220 races and over 15 Indy 500s. In addition to his daily show, Query continues in his role as a turn announcer for IndyCar and also has a weekly show with Derek Schultz on ISC Sports Network.

    This event will include individual metal TOUR MEDALLIONS installed & the introduction of our mobile-friendly RACING LEGENDS TOUR APP! This fascinating self-guided RACING LEGENDS TOUR APP takes visitors to the resting places of racing legends from the Racing Capital of the World by using GPS coordinates on their cell phone. From there one can read the bio of the person buried there and listen to the audio recordings! Custom-made metal TOUR MEDALLIONS will have been installed at the graves of the four Speedway founders, Carl G. Fisher, James A. Allison, Frank W. Wheeler, Arthur Newby, and dozens of others!

    Following the installation of the interactive RACING LEGENDS TOUR APP, a guided tour of five Racing Legends grave sites will be conducted using the APP by Crown Hill Tour Guide Tom Davis.

    Racing Legends Tour Medallion

    These TOUR MEDALLIONS and the interactive RACING LEGENDS TOUR APP are a continuation of projects planned with IRMA. In 2017, the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation partnered with IRMA to install the “Racing Legacy” historical sign on Section 13, down the hill from Speedway founder Carl G. Fisher’s private family mausoleum, and in 2018 they installed the “Final Finish Line,” a row of bricks a yard wide across the road with special bricks engraved with the names of the four IMS founders.

    Carl G. Fisher’s 1905 Premier Racer, designed by George Weidley and built by the Premier Automobile Co, of Indianapolis will be on display, compliments of the IMS Museum

    SPECIAL CARS ON DISPLAY! There will be three special racers on display at the event, including IMS Co-Founder CARL G. FISHER’S 1905 Premier Racer, compliments of the IMS Museum! Jason VanSickle from the IMS Museum features this special car here. The second car on display is an award-winning replica of Parnelli Jones 1963 Indianapolis 500-winning car, and the third is an original 1930s-era Miller track racer.

    Final Finish Line

    This event will be held at the “Final Finish Line,” on the east side of Sec. 13 (follow the white line painted on the road from either gate) to the coned-off area. No registration is necessary, and parking is plentiful. Chairs will be provided or bring your own. Refreshments served.

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    Sunday, Jun 26
      Free
      2:00 p.m.
  • Civil War Personalities Tour

    Crown Hill and the Civil War – did you know that Crown Hill Cemetery was founded in 1863 because of and during 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 and during 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.

    Tour Tickets

    • $10 per person (ages 5 and up)
    • Tickets are not required for children under age 5
    • Must be purchased in advance online
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate
    • Ticket sales limited to 30 people

    Important Covid-19 Guidelines
    We follow CDC and Marion County Covid-19 guidelines

    • Fully Vaccinated: you are not required to wear a face mask
    • Not Fully Vaccinated: adults and children over the age of two are required to properly wear a face mask throughout the tour and maintain a social distance of six feet

    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 16
      $10 per person, ages 5 and up. (Tickets not required for children under age 5.) Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Dillinger & Eastside Notables Tour

    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.

    Tour Tickets

    • $10 per person (ages 5 and up)
    • Tickets are not required for children under age 5
    • Must be purchased in advance online
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate
    • Ticket sales limited to 30 people

    Important Covid-19 Guidelines
    We follow CDC and Marion County Covid-19 guidelines

    • Fully Vaccinated: you are not required to wear a face mask
    • Not Fully Vaccinated: adults and children over the age of two are required to properly wear a face mask throughout the tour and maintain a social distance of six feet

    Walking tour! This is a Saturday evening walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. Participants will drive their own vehicles to the Crown at the end of the tour, after sunset, where the entire Indianapolis skyline can be seen from the top.

    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 23
      $10 per person, ages 5 and up. (Tickets not required for children under age 5.) Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Tree Tour, led by our Arborist!

    In 2021 we completely revised our Tree Tour, labeled 52 trees on a new route, and created a beautiful, color TREE MAP! We invite you to join Crown Hill’s new staff Arborist on this walking tour as she shares many fascinating facts about some of these lovely specimens!

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    A magnificent American Elm tree featured on our Tree Tour

    In 2021 we completely revised our Tree Tour, labeled 52 trees on a new route, and created a beautiful, color TREE MAP! We invite you to join Crown Hill’s new staff Arborist on this walking tour as she shares many fascinating facts about some of these lovely specimens! You’re welcome to collect leaves for a leaf collection; we only ask that leaves are not removed from our baby trees. Tree Maps will be available to tour participants.

    Tour Tickets

    • $10 per person (ages 5 and up)
    • Tickets are not required for children under age 5
    • Must be purchased in advance online
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate
    • Ticket sales limited to 30 people

    Important Covid-19 Guidelines
    We follow CDC and Marion County Covid-19 guidelines

    • Fully Vaccinated: you are not required to wear a face mask
    • Not Fully Vaccinated: adults and children over the age of two are required to properly wear a face mask throughout the tour and maintain a social distance of six feet

    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.)

    In addition to downloading our new Tree Map, you can also pick up a copy from the main office, from the box outside the front door of the Waiting Station (inside the 34th St. gate), or from the box attached to the post for Tree #1, located next to the Fairbanks memorial (in front of and to the right of the Gothic Chapel).

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    July 30
      $10 per person, ages 5 and up. (Tickets not required for children under age 5.) Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Treason in Indianapolis Tour

    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.

    Tour Tickets

    • $10 per person (ages 5 and up)
    • Tickets are not required for children under age 5
    • Must be purchased in advance online
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate
    • Ticket sales limited to 30 people

    Important Covid-19 Guidelines
    We follow CDC and Marion County Covid-19 guidelines

    • Fully Vaccinated: you are not required to wear a face mask
    • Not Fully Vaccinated: adults and children over the age of two are required to properly wear a face mask throughout the tour and maintain a social distance of six feet

    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 the 34th St. gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Arrive 10-15 min. early.

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    Saturday, Aug 6
      $10 per person, ages 5 and up. (Tickets not required for children under age 5.) Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Angels of Crown Hill Tour

    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.

    Tour Tickets

    • $10 per person (ages 5 and up)
    • Tickets are not required for children under age 5
    • Must be purchased in advance online
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate
    • Ticket sales limited to 30 people

    Important Covid-19 Guidelines
    We follow CDC and Marion County Covid-19 guidelines

    • Fully Vaccinated: you are not required to wear a face mask
    • Not Fully Vaccinated: adults and children over the age of two are required to properly wear a face mask throughout the tour and maintain a social distance of six feet

    Walking tour! This is a walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. It will end on the Crown around sunset where you can see a view of the entire Indianapolis 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, Aug 20
      $10 per person, ages 5 and up. (Tickets not required for children under age 5.) Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (revised)
  • Stories in Stone Tour

    On this walking tour, we’ll explore some of the interesting examples of Victorian and contemporary 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 walking tour, we’ll explore some of the interesting examples of both Victorian and contemporary symbolism on monuments and markers found throughout Crown Hill. If you’ve ever wondered about unique tree trunk monuments and common symbols such as flowers, ferns, weeping willows, stars, anchors, chains, draped flags, lambs, sun disks, serpents, angels, crosses, open books, and wreaths, then this tour is for you! We’ll also contrast these with more contemporary monuments and markers which often feature engravings of literal representations or quotes that reveal the life of the deceased. It will conclude with the view around sunset of the downtown skyline from James Whitcomb Riley’s tomb high atop beautiful Crown Hill!

    Tour Tickets

    • $10 per person (ages 5 and up)
    • Tickets are not required for children under age 5
    • Must be purchased in advance online
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate
    • Ticket sales limited to 30 people

    Important Covid-19 Guidelines
    We follow CDC and Marion County Covid-19 guidelines

    • Fully Vaccinated: you are not required to wear a face mask
    • Not Fully Vaccinated: adults and children over the age of two are required to properly wear a face mask throughout the tour and maintain a social distance of six feet

    Walking tour! This is a walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. Participants will be at the top of the Crown around sunset, 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, Aug 27
      $10 per person, ages 5 and up. (Tickets not required for children under age 5.) Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Heroes Tour

    This walking tour is held in conjunction with the popular Beyond the Badge 5K Run/Walk taking place next morning, Sunday, September 18. 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

    On the HEROES TOUR, attendees will learn stories of courage and sacrifice of some of our Public Safety heroes buried in the Heroes of Public Safety Section. The group will proceed towards the Crown, stopping to visit the graves of nine firemen who all died in the Bowen-Merrill fire of 1890, and others. It will conclude with the view at sunset of the downtown skyline from James Whitcomb Riley’s tomb high atop beautiful Crown Hill.

    Tour Tickets

    • $10 per person (ages 5 and up)
    • Tickets are not required for children under age 5
    • Must be purchased in advance online
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate
    • Ticket sales limited to 30 people

    Important Covid-19 Guidelines
    We follow CDC and Marion County Covid-19 guidelines

    • Fully Vaccinated: you are not required to wear a face mask
    • Not Fully Vaccinated: adults and children over the age of two are required to properly wear a face mask throughout the tour and maintain a social distance of six feet

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

    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 17
      $10 per person, ages 5 and up. (Tickets not required for children under age 5.) Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Indy Bicentennial Tour

    Join us for our Indy Bicentennial Tour 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” of downtown Indianapolis; the Fletcher family, successful in business and banking; Carl Fisher, a founder and the force behind the Indianapolis 500; and L.S. Ayres, founder of the regional department store chain.

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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 159 years, and change into what we see today.

    Indianapolis is over 200 years old! Did you know that 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 Indy Bicentennial Tour 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” of downtown Indianapolis; the Fletcher family, successful in business and banking; Carl Fisher, a founder and the force behind the Indianapolis 500; and L.S. Ayres, founder of the regional department store chain.

    Tour Tickets

    • $10 per person (ages 5 and up)
    • Tickets are not required for children under age 5
    • Must be purchased in advance online
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate
    • Ticket sales limited to 30 people

    Important Covid-19 Guidelines
    We follow CDC and Marion County Covid-19 guidelines

    • Fully Vaccinated: you are not required to wear a face mask
    • Not Fully Vaccinated: adults and children over the age of two are required to properly wear a face mask throughout the tour and maintain a social distance of six feet

    Walking tour! This is a walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. Participants will be at the top of the Crown around sunset, 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.

    To enhance your Indy Bicentennial tour experience:

    • DOWNLOAD our Indy Bicentennial Tour Booklet 
    • INSTALL our Tour App onto your mobile device

    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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    Sept. 24
      $10 per person, ages 5 and up. (Tickets not required for children under age 5.) Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Tombstones & Fall Trees Tour, with our Arborist!

    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

    FALL FOLIAGE! Learn about the trees of Crown Hill & their human neighbors and see our beautiful fall foliage! On this tour, led by our staff Arborist and a Crown Hill Tour Guide, participants will see the impressive tombstones, and the equally impressive nearby trees (often much more impressive!) from our TREE TOUR! You’ll take a leisurely walk through some of the scenic grounds of Crown Hill as we take a closer look at some of our tagged trees from the tour. 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.

    Feel free to download our beautiful, new color TREE MAP! You can also pick up a copy of our map from the main office, from the box outside the front door of the Waiting Station (inside the 34th St. gate), or from the box attached to the post for Tree #1 next to the Fairbanks memorial, which is in front of and to the right of the Gothic Chapel.

    Tour Tickets

    • $10 per person (ages 5 and up)
    • Tickets are not required for children under age 5
    • Must be purchased in advance online
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate
    • Ticket sales limited to 30 people

    Important Covid-19 Guidelines
    We follow CDC and Marion County Covid-19 guidelines

    • Fully Vaccinated: you are not required to wear a face mask
    • Not Fully Vaccinated: adults and children over the age of two are required to properly wear a face mask throughout the tour and maintain a social distance of six feet

    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 15
      $10 per person, ages 5 and up. (Tickets not required for children under age 5.) Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Skeletons in the Closet, Part II Tour

    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 we’ll 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 Kiritsis; 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. 

    Tour Tickets

    • $10 per person (ages 5 and up)
    • Tickets are not required for children under age 5
    • Must be purchased in advance online
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate
    • Ticket sales limited to 30 people

    Important Covid-19 Guidelines
    We follow CDC and Marion County Covid-19 guidelines

    • Fully Vaccinated: you are not required to wear a face mask
    • Not Fully Vaccinated: adults and children over the age of two are required to properly wear a face mask throughout the tour and maintain a social distance of six feet

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

    Driving tour! Participants will drive their own vehicles to each stop then get out to see the markers and monuments. Some walking is involved. 

    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 22
      $10 per person, ages 5 and up. (Tickets not required for children under age 5.) Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      5:00 - 7:00 p.m.