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Riverside Cemetery

53 Birch St, Asheville, NC 28801-1601
+1 828-350-2066
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a must stop for historic cemetery buffs

I found this to be such a lovely historic cemetery on 87 acres with lost of rolling hills. We... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
cheryl h
Durham, North Carolina
We watched the eclipse from here

Ok...the first time we visited here, we got locked in!! It was after 8pm, but the gate was open... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bonnie P
Fort Myers, Florida
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This beautiful garden style cemetery encompasses 87 acres near downtown Asheville, NC overlooking the French Broad River. Among the rolling hills and gardens you can find the graves of prominent writers such as Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry, Civil War heroes, and politicians that shaped North Carolina's history. Self-guided walking tours are available at the cemetery office Monday - Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
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53 Birch St, Asheville, NC 28801-1601
+1 828-350-2066
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I found this to be such a lovely historic cemetery on 87 acres with lost of rolling hills. We weren't even aware that O. Henry, Thomas Wolfe, Civil War generals, Abe Lincoln's body guard, military section, 18 German POWs and other notables were buried here....More

Thank cheryl h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ok...the first time we visited here, we got locked in!! It was after 8pm, but the gate was open, and in we went. We got a little turned around trying to get out, only to find the gate was locked with us inside!!! The second...More

Thank Bonnie P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love graveyards and I do, this place is the bomb! Famous people, old headstones, spooky cool and huge!

Thank SFcon
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We went here to see the grave site of O Henry aka William Sydney Porter. Signs point the way and make sure you leave a tribute (coin, guitar picks, writing utensils) at Mr. Porter's site. The grounds are lovely and you can get a map...More

Thank obxmike
Reviewed 11 August 2017

This is one place you have to see in Asheville. A lovely cemetery, with a turn-of-the century appeal; plus the graves of Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry. Three Confederate generals, a governor of the state of NC, and any number of prominent Asheville residents are...More

Thank westinbrevard
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Riverside Cemetery is not far from the downtown center of Asheville. It is located near a residential area, but still easy to locate. I just parked the car and walked around, not being familiar with anyone buried here, there was a booth with a small...More

Thank BZimm08
Reviewed 29 June 2017

While the famous authors are buried in Riverside, I would say that its main attraction is the peace and beauty one will find there. Just a couple of miles from downtown and very close to many B&B's it is a wonderful place to put aside...More

Thank curlyheadAsheville
Reviewed 22 June 2017

I'm a big fan of cemeteries and this one did not disappoint. Lots of interesting markers and monuments and very peaceful.

Thank Tammy C
Reviewed 6 June 2017

My boyfriend and I enjoy stopping at various cemeteries when we travel to a new city, so we definitely made it a point to stop at Riverside Cemetery. We started by going to the office, but it was closed. We did get a map at...More

Thank Christine F
Reviewed 11 April 2017

lovely place to walk and many of the stones are beautiful. I have attended a wedding here as well as just taken a walk.

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2 July 2016|
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Response from Joshua D | Property representative |
Riverside Cemetery closes its gates at 8:00pm from April 1st until October 31st. From November 1st to March 31st, the gates close at 6:00pm. -JD