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Crown Hill Cemetery

700 W 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208-4240
+1 317-925-3800
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One of the most beautiful cemeteries you will find

While we were in town I took the time to show the kids around Crown Hill and show them some of the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lakeland, United States
It's a cemetery

I mean, yes, old buildings, beautiful gargoyles...........but, it's a cemetery. I drove less than... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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700 W 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208-4240
+1 317-925-3800

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Reviewed 5 days ago

While we were in town I took the time to show the kids around Crown Hill and show them some of the historical figures interred there

Thank toddmQ5710XI
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I mean, yes, old buildings, beautiful gargoyles...........but, it's a cemetery. I drove less than 2 miles north and spent time admiring Hinkle Fieldhouse instead and the history is has.

Thank djsassan
Reviewed 21 May 2017

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,...More

Thank interceptpubs
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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
Reviewed 8 May 2017

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...More

Thank Isabel G
Reviewed 6 May 2017

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...More

Thank Ellen S
Reviewed 28 April 2017

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
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...More

Thank S W
Reviewed 18 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
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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The Daughters of the Union are meeting at the Waiting Station on Saturday. I have never been to your facility. Do I enter the grounds at 3400 Boulevard Place to get to the Waiting Station? In pictures it looks like the gates are kept closed.
11 May 2016|
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Response from Linda Z | Reviewed this property |
Yes, enter the stone Gothic gate at 34th St. & Boulevard Place. (The address is 3400 Boulevard Place.) The Waiting Station is the brick building on the right. Where the bell tower is.
When is your Heritage Tour? We are planning a trip with friends on November 7th. Is there a tour that day? If so, what time and what is the cost?
26 July 2015|
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Response from Marty D | Property representative |
Hi, and thank you for writing about our tours! Yes, our last public tour will be held on 10/25. I'm not allowed to publish a link for information but please visit the website for the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation and see... More
Marty D
The cemetery website has a Burial Locator where you can look-up the locations of people buried at Crown Hill Cemetery. If you want to know more about the fascinating people buried at Crown Hill and its history, please visit the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation's website.
3 June 2015|
Response from drs1041 |
When is you Heritage Tour? We are planning a trip with friends on November 7th. Is there a tour that day? if so, what time and what is the cost? Dan