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Laurel Hill

October News and Events

Soul Crawl: Haunted Halloween History Tours
October 20-21, 7pm
Laurel Hill Cemetery’s classic Halloween flashlight tours have become a mainstay of the season. Experience the enchanting art and landscape after dark, as an experienced tour guide leads you along winding, dimly-lit pathways. The extended nighttime walking tours will focus on the cemetery’s rich history, and of course, some of the liveliest spirits buried within. Tours will last approximately two hours, and will be followed by seasonal refreshments and cocktails aside blazing fire pits.
Coming up... 
Pints and Plots: Laurel Hill's Buried Brewers
Sunday, October 1 at 1pm

This autumnal walking tour will focus on the history of beer in Philadelphia, and the permanent residents of Laurel Hill who produced, distributed and enjoyed it. The tour concludes with a toast and a sampling of local beers.

Seven Deadly Sins in the Cemetery
Tuesday, October 3 at 6pm

The Victorian era is often noted for moral, straitlaced behavior—but Laurel Hill residents had their share of vices. Underneath all of the proper behavior lurked the temptation of the seven deadly sins: greed, lust, wrath, envy, pride, sloth and gluttony. This after-work twilight tour will feature those who gave into temptation. 

History Highlight: Laurel Hill's First Burial

On October 21, 1836 Laurel Hill Cemetery’s earth was opened for the first time to receive the remains of a Quaker woman, Mercy Carlisle. According to the diary of one of the cemetery’s founding members, John Jay Smith, “The funeral took place and was conducted in a very orderly manner. Thirty carriages attended, and the body was placed in the lot belonging to Joseph Cowperthwaite. Contrary to the opinion of numerous croakers opposed to our plan we found the digging very good, the soil of the best kind for graves, and but very few stones.” The simple headstone that you see today on Mercy’s grave was erected in 1990 by the Friends of Laurel Hill to replace the original that had deteriorated. Mercy Carlisle is buried in Section E, Lot 1.

October Events

Sunday, October 1 at 1pm
Tuesday, October 3 at 6pm

9th Annual Rest in Peace 5K Run
Saturday, October 7 at 5pm
(Pre-registration closes October 1)

Sinners, Scandals and Suicides
Sunday, October 8 at 1pm

The Hot Spots and Storied Plots
Saturday, October 14 and Friday, October 27 at 10am

13th Annual Gravediggers' Ball 
Saturday, October 14 from 7pm-12am

The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson at Laurel Hill
Sunday, October 15 at 1pm

Soul Crawl: Haunted Halloween History Tours
October 20 & 21 at 7pm

Dracula: A Gothic Mystery (Presented by The Mechanical Theater)
October 26-28 at 7pm

Fall Family Day: Halloween Picnic and Parade
Sunday, October 29 from 1pm-3pm
The Gravediggers' Ball is the annual fundraiser of the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to preserve, interpret and promote the site for which it exists. With a costume contest and live music by "All About Me Band," don't miss your opportunity to attend this one-of-a-kind event!  

Tickets include: 
* 1.5 hours full, open-bar cocktails with stationary and butlered hors d'oeuvres
* A seated dinner reception served with complimentary wine
* Complimentary parking on site
* Live music, a raffle, and a diverse selection of  auction items to peruse and bid upon
* A tax-deductible benefit on each ticket sale
* The chance to meaningfully support a fantastic cause, and one of America's most important National Historic Landmarks
* Great memories for years to come 

WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 7pm - 12am

WHERE: The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia

WHY: Since its establishment in 1836, Laurel Hill Cemetery has been maintained as a free and fully accessible educational, environmental and recreational resource for both nearby communities and faraway visitors. It has served equally as a place of enjoyment for the living and one of peaceful rest for the dead for over 180 years. 

HOW: Check out for more information and to buy tickets.
Fall Family Day: Halloween Picnic and Parade
Sunday, October 29, from 1pm-3pm

Spend an autumn afternoon exploring the many wonders and mysteries of Laurel Hill Cemetery while celebrating Halloween. Fall Family Day at Laurel Hill will thrill and chill both young and old! The cemetery’s primary location overlooking the Schuylkill River will offer visitors majestic views of the colorful fall foliage and vibrant landscape along Kelly Drive. Activities will include arts and crafts, a pumpkin patch and Halloween games and goodies. Say Cheese Food Truck will be on site, so remember to bring cash!
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