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 2021, we’re offering a variety of tour themes from July through October. Most tours 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. We also offer tours on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons.

Due to the pandemic, tour groups are limited this summer to 25 (19 adults and 6 children), 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.

Important Covid-19 Guidelines for all Tour Participants
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

Tours

  • New! Indy Bicentennial WALKING Tours

    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” 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 158 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 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” 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

    • In 2021, Public Tours will be limited to 25 people: 19 adults and 6 children
    • Every person attending, adults and children, must have a ticket, purchased in advance 
    • ADULTS (ages 18+): $7.00
    • CHILDREN (ages 17 & under): FREE (A ticket is required for each child, regardless of age)
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate

    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. 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.

    To enhance your Indy Bicentennial tour experience:

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

    Tour Times – this tour is offered twice in 2021:
    July 10 – 7:30-9:30 p.m. (See the sunset!)
    Sept. 25 – 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.

     

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    July 10 Sept 25
      $7 for Adults; Free for Children. Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
  • Civil War Personalities

    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.

    Tour Tickets

    • In 2021, Public Tours will be limited to 25 people: 19 adults and 6 children
    • Every person attending, adults and children, must have a ticket, purchased in advance
    • ADULTS (ages 18+): $7.00
    • CHILDREN (ages 17 & under): FREE (A ticket is required for each child, regardless of age)
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate

    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 17
      $7 for Adults; Free for Children. Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • New! Racing Legends

    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

    • In 2021, Public Tours will be limited to 25 people: 19 adults and 6 children
    • Every person attending, adults and children, must have a ticket, purchased in advance 
    • ADULTS (ages 18+): $7.00
    • CHILDREN (ages 17 & under): FREE (A ticket is required for each child, regardless of age)
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate

    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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    July 24
      $7 for Adults; Free for Children. Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      7:30 - 9:30 pm
  • 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.

    Tour Tickets

    • In 2021, Public Tours will be limited to 25 people: 19 adults and 6 children
    • Every person attending, adults and children, must have a ticket, purchased in advance on Eventbrite
    • ADULTS (ages 18+): $7.00
    • CHILDREN (ages 17 & under): FREE (A ticket is required for each child, regardless of age)
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate

    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 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 25
      $7 for Adults; Free for Children. Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • New! 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 us as we walk to some of these lovely specimens and share some interesting facts about each one, including one tree trunk monument!

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    A magnificent American Elm tree featured on our new 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 us as we walk to some of these lovely specimens and share some interesting facts about each one, including one tree trunk monument! 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

    • In 2021, Public Tours will be limited to 25 people: 19 adults and 6 children
    • Every person attending, adults and children, must have a ticket, purchased in advance 
    • ADULTS (ages 18+): $7.00
    • CHILDREN (ages 17 & under): FREE (A ticket is required for each child, regardless of age)
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate

    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 31
      $7 for Adults; Free for Children. Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      7:30 - 9:30 pm
  • 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.

    Tour Tickets

    • In 2021, Public Tours will be limited to 25 people: 19 adults and 6 children
    • Every person attending, adults and children, must have a ticket, purchased in advance on Eventbrite
    • ADULTS (ages 18+): $7.00
    • CHILDREN (ages 17 & under): FREE (A ticket is required for each child, regardless of age)
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate

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

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    Saturday, Aug 7
      $7 for Adults; Free for Children. Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • 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 August and September) 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 three times in 2021:
    August 14 – 7-9 p.m. (See the sunset!)
    September 11 – 6-8 p.m. (See the sunset!)
    October 10 – 3-5 p.m.

    Tour Tickets

    • In 2021, Public Tours will be limited to 25 people: 19 adults and 6 children
    • Every person attending, adults and children, must have a ticket, purchased in advance on Eventbrite
    • ADULTS (ages 18+): $7.00
    • CHILDREN (ages 17 & under): FREE (A ticket is required for each child, regardless of age)
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate

    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, Aug 14 Saturday, Sep 11 Sunday, Oct 10
      $7 for Adults; Free for Children. Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
  • 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.

    Tour Tickets

    • In 2021, Public Tours will be limited to 25 people: 19 adults and 6 children
    • Every person attending, adults and children, must have a ticket, purchased in advance on Eventbrite
    • ADULTS (ages 18+): $7.00
    • CHILDREN (ages 17 & under): FREE (A ticket is required for each child, regardless of age)
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate

    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 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 21
      $7 for Adults; Free for Children. Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Stories in Stone

    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 sunset 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 at sunset of the downtown skyline from James Whitcomb Riley’s tomb high atop beautiful Crown Hill!

    Tour Tickets

    • In 2021, Public Tours will be limited to 25 people: 19 adults and 6 children
    • Every person attending, adults and children, must have a ticket, purchased in advance on Eventbrite
    • ADULTS (ages 18+): $7.00
    • CHILDREN (ages 17 & under): FREE (A ticket is required for each child, regardless of age)
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate

    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. 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, Aug 28
      $7 for Adults; Free for Children. Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • 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.

    Tour Tickets

    • In 2021, Public Tours will be limited to 25 people: 19 adults and 6 children
    • Every person attending, adults and children, must have a ticket, purchased in advance on Eventbrite
    • ADULTS (ages 18+): $7.00
    • CHILDREN (ages 17 & under): FREE (A ticket is required for each child, regardless of age)
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate

    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 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 4
      $7 for Adults; Free for Children. Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Heroes

    This walking tour is held in conjunction with the popular Beyond the Badge 5K Run/Walk taking place next morning, Sunday, September 19. 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 eve of the popular Beyond the Badge 5K Run/Walk, 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 and other parts of Crown Hill. 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. Afterward, the group will continue to Crown Hill, 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

    • In 2021, Public Tours will be limited to 25 people: 19 adults and 6 children
    • Every person attending, adults and children, must have a ticket, purchased in advance on Eventbrite
    • ADULTS (ages 18+): $7.00
    • CHILDREN (ages 17 & under): FREE (A ticket is required for each child, regardless of age)
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate

    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. 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 18
      $7 for Adults; Free for Children. Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • 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.

    Tour Tickets

    • In 2021, Public Tours will be limited to 25 people: 19 adults and 6 children
    • Every person attending, adults and children, must have a ticket, purchased in advance on Eventbrite
    • ADULTS (ages 18+): $7.00
    • CHILDREN (ages 17 & under): FREE (A ticket is required for each child, regardless of age)
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate

    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. 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, Oct 2
      $7 for Adults; Free for Children. Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • New! 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

    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!) from our NEW 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

    • In 2021, Public Tours will be limited to 25 people: 19 adults and 6 children
    • Every person attending, adults and children, must have a ticket, purchased in advance on Eventbrite
    • ADULTS (ages 18+): $7.00
    • CHILDREN (ages 17 & under): FREE (A ticket is required for each child, regardless of age)
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate

    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 16
      $7 for Adults; Free for Children. Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      9:30-11:00 a.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 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

    • In 2021, Public Tours will be limited to 25 people: 19 adults and 6 children
    • Every person attending, adults and children, must have a ticket, purchased in advance on Eventbrite
    • ADULTS (ages 18+): $7.00
    • CHILDREN (ages 17 & under): FREE (A ticket is required for each child, regardless of age)
    • NO tickets will be sold at the gate

    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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    Sunday, Oct 24
      $7 for Adults; Free for Children. Advance online sales only; NO gate sales.
      3:00 - 5:00 p.m.