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Crown Hill Cemetery

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Address: 700 W 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208-4240
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+1 317-925-3800
08:00 - 20:00
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Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest non-government cemetery with 555...

Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest non-government cemetery with 555 acres of beautiful rolling hills. Located across the street from the Indianapolis Museum of Art, thousands visit this urban oasis to enjoy its peaceful beauty; study the architecture, sculptures and trees; exercise; picnic; view the wildlife (including a herd of white-tailed deer), and to study the history and heritage of the 200,000+ people buried there. A "must see" highlight is a visit to the top of "The Crown," the highest hill in the county, which affords a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire Indianapolis skyline. Note: the white line painted on the roads connects both gates via the "scenic route," including Pres. Harrison's memorial, the "Crown," National Cemetery, Gothic Chapel (1875), Waiting Station and 34th Street Gothic gate (both 1885). Crown Hill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Notables include President Benjamin Harrison, poet James Whitcomb Riley, Col. Eli Lilly, three U.S. Vice Presidents, and numerous others, including the infamous bank robber John Dillinger. Crown Hill's popular guided tours were twice named "The Best Walking Tour" by Indianapolis Monthly magazine, featured as one of Midwest Living Magazine's "Terrific Tours," and listed as one of "5 Things to Do in Indy Before You Die" by the Indianapolis Star. Visitors can attend one of many guided Public Tours (most scheduled to see the sunset), or schedule their own Private Group Tour. Pick-up a new Visitor's Guide Map at the Waiting Station building inside the 34th St. gate (3400 Boulevard Place). For more info on their national award-winning coffee table book titled "Crown Hill: History, Spirit, Sanctuary," guided tours, historical info, tree maps, etc., please visit the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation online.

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Beautiful, Tranquil, and Historic

Even if you don't have a loved one interred here, you will still be moved by the beautifully maintained and laid out grounds. If you go online, you can find a map pointing out... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Columbus, Indiana

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Columbus, Indiana
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Even if you don't have a loved one interred here, you will still be moved by the beautifully maintained and laid out grounds. If you go online, you can find a map pointing out gravesites of many famous individuals: President Benjamin Harrison, Vice Presidents Fairbanks, Hendricks, and Marshall, Civil War Governor Oliver Morton, Civil War hero and pharmaceutical company founder... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The two people that helped my sisters and me, Jamie and Jeff were very caring and helped us to finalize our Mom's arrangements. We couldn't have asked for more.

Thank Barbara F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First off this cemetery is huge. My boyfriend and I went a gravestone symbolism tour and it was fantastic. The detail of the gravestones and learning about their meanings and how much different they are from today's is very interesting. The hill is really a site to see. I would recommend to get there as the sun sets, the view... More 

Thank Isabel G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We mostly went to see John Dillenger's grave, but the grandkids loved walking around and seeing all the other headstones as well. Very well kept grounds, nicely maintained site, however we did not realize just how large the cemetery was! Prepare for a walk if you are there to browse, you'll be there awhile.

Thank Ellen S
Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove and drove and unable to find the notable burials until we got a map from the office. This cemetery is gigantic! Had to use the GPS to figure out how to get to the entrance to leave.

Thank ladyme1
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

Every experience at this historic cemetery is unique and oddly cathartic. The grounds are lovely and well kept and will hopefully continue to be a treasured green space as well as the final resting place for so many famous Hoosiers. If you are a history buff or enjoy a peaceful stroll or bike ride through acres of park-like land, this... More 

Thank S W
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

This is a lovely property with an incredible amount of history. If you stop to get directions at the office, you can pretty easily find where you want to go. Many well known people are intured here.

Thank Laurie R
Crawfordsville, Indiana
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

My brother and I chose this place to spread our parents ashes. We love the wooded setting. I love to go and walk around and sit on their bench watch the deer and give thanks for the great parents I had.

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Noblesville, Indiana
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Not everyone loves cemeteries like I do ... but I'm a genealogist so that comes natural. But if you just like to take walks in beautiful wooded areas and enjoy a peaceful time ... it's worth a visit.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

I know it's a cemetery but it is beautiful. Lots of trees and land. I recently went to a service there and the chapel was really nice.

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