Nestled peacefully in the East Falls section of Philadelphia overlooking the Schuylkill River, Laurel Hill is 78 acres of history, serenity, and natural beauty. Quaker librarian John Jay Smith founded this peaceful city retreat in 1836 as an escape from Philadelphia's chaotic urban center. Designed by Scottish-American architect John Notman, Laurel Hill remains a unique mix of culture, architecture, and horticulture designed to attract guests from all walks of life.
While walking through the picturesque gardens and majestic trees, echoes of the past linger in the air, as many important historic figures are buried beneath Laurel Hill's rolling green landscape. It is the final resting place for 40 Civil War-era generals, including General Meade, as well as six Titanic passengers, and prominent names in Philadelphia's history such as Rittenhouse and Strawbridge. One of the only cemeteries in the country designated a National Historic Landmark, Laurel Hill has retained its rural charm despite the expansion of Philadelphia far past its gates. Architecture aficionados will appreciate the many mausoleums built in a variety of styles, reflecting the cemetery's dynamic past and historic legacy.
- Monday through Friday: 8am to 4:30pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 9:30am to 4:30pm
- Closed for major holidays
- Location: 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-228-8200
- Website: www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org