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Address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA
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+1 434-847-1465
07:30 - 19:30
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 19:30

The Old City Cemetery, established in 1806, is one of the oldest public...

The Old City Cemetery, established in 1806, is one of the oldest public cemeteries in the United States still in use today. Mayors and other prominent civic leaders, along with the city's indigent and "strangers," are among the estimated 18,000 people buried here. Two thirds of those interred here are of African descent, both enslaved and free. The cemetery's Confederate section contains the graves of more than 2,200 soldiers from 14 states. Museums on the property interpret the diverse history of this rehabilitated graveyard and its inhabitants. Today, Old City Cemetery is the most visited historic site in the City of Lynchburg and is Central Virginia's most unique public garden. It is a Virginia Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The niches below the little chapel are within site of one of the most beautiful of this very old city.

We are so taken with the beauty of this location that my wife and I have chosen that our remains will be placed in a niche below the chapel for our "eternal life." Our puppy's... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sonny C
Lynchburg, Virginia
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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7 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are so taken with the beauty of this location that my wife and I have chosen that our remains will be placed in a niche below the chapel for our "eternal life." Our puppy's remains will reside there too. The view from that site is magnificent.

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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful place to spend a morning or an afternoon. Lots of thing to see and do. Some new facilities as well as old. There is a goldfish pond and an old train station that takes you back in time. They also have several other buildings worth a look such as the pest house which is an old... More 

Thank 918jeffreyb
Richmond, Virginia
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

I loved strolling through the grounds on a sunny, quiet Sunday morning. There is an old train depot and signal light, a section with confederate soldiers and an obelisk monument, many interesting botanical plants with name labels. Also a section of old cobblestone road. Peaceful and relaxing and probably pretty colorful in spring/summer when the antique roses are in bloom.... More 

Thank Lisa52
Augusta, Georgia
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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the limited information given in brochures. Just really not a great deal. Sadly there isn't much here, but I suspect a wealth of information is available. It is well-maintained and very respectful. A little more explanation would be better. We enjoyed the history nonetheless.

Thank Durwood N
Charlotte, North Carolina
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Very pleasant setting. Lots of history here and interesting gravesites. Also have an arboretum of sorts so neat plant selections. Good place to take the kids.

Thank oibboy
England, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped here as my friends mother is scattered here. We took a slow walk around admiring all the different gardens they have. Very pretty herb garden and very educational. They have a huge swing which was nice to sit on and think about your surroundings.

Thank seddon333
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32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

I laughed when we moved here that a cemetery was the most visited spot in town. So, of course, I had to go and check it out. The very small museum was staffed by a knowledgeable and friendly staff. I learned a number of new historical facts and am looking forward to going back in the spring when the flowers... More 

Thank donnas_doings
Lynchburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

That's my line to the kids, whenever we pass a cemetery. Not the Old City Cemetery. Definitely worth a visit. The history. The Roses. The Pest house. Theatre productions and more. All to die for. Dr C

Thank Charles C
Lynchburg, Virginia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The chapel is located in the cemetery Lots of activities take place here,weddings,reunions,reenactment

Thank Fanl3E
Forest, Virginia
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

If you are into the civil war then this is a great place to visit. You will also be amazed at the medical attractions used in the war. It really shows you how far we have come. Plan on spending a couple of hours. Reading tombstones is enlightening.

Thank tothebeachj

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