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Old City Cemetery

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

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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

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Forest, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

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Lynch Station, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We go here often to see the old fashioned roses in bloom, the old doctor's office and "pest house," and the ancient (for the US) tombstones. Sometimes an architectural dig is in progress, and it's a wonderful place to bring homeschoolers to learn Civil War history and even biology: there are all sorts of lichens on the tombstones. This is... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We actually had professional portraits done here, such a beautiful area and a wonderful swing (Huge) by the old tree. Somewhere nice to reflect persay

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Madison Heights, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice place to visit but do not look forward to a long stay.The place has alot of history and some amazing views.

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Thank Walter S
Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Old City Cemetery is part of the Legacy Museum in downtown Lynchburg. Found there can be tombstone markers of numerous Pre-Civil war graves. Beautiful flower gardens are abundant. See it if you have time.

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Ocean City, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

The Old City Cemetery is, quite simply, a beautiful place to stroll and relax. You will learn about the history of the area. The Civil War Veterans section is very interesting. This cemetery is very well maintained. There is true beauty and local pride everywhere you look. A great place for a picnic lunch when weather permits. The cemetery covers... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

I am somewhat biased when it comes to OCC, not only does my wife have family buried here but I have been volunteering as a tombstone repairman for almost 11 years now. I have seen this place full of visitors and all enjoying the various museums located on the 27 acres. When you come, please allow some time to enjoy... More 

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Thank Blandview1948
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

In town visiting my husband because he is here for work and my daughter and I went today. It is beautifully kept. My daughter got some beautiful pictures.

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