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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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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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Interesting, but poorly documented

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Augusta, Georgia
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Augusta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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.

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Lynch Station, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 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 4 January 2017

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

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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