For those who want a personalized, guided tour of the Cemetery, we offer the following…
In the area of history, we give tours including as many or as few of these topics as desired:
- Cemetery Ironwork, Gravemarkers, and Symbolism
- Confederate Section & Lynchburg’s Civil War Medical History
- Pest House Medical Museum–Civil War Pestilence, Medicinal Herbs, and the Country Doctor
- Hearse House & Cemetery Caretakers’ Museum
- Cemetery Center–Victorian Era Mourning
- Station House–Cemetery and Local Railroad History
- Lynchburg’s African-American History in the Cemetery
- Lynchburg’s Founding Fathers and Mothers
- Life and Lore of Lynchburg’s Early Bawdy Ladies
- Cemetery Archaeology–Above and Below Ground
- Calamities and Catastrophes in Lynchburg’s History
Once described as a “grave garden,” the cemetery encompasses a diverse ecosystem, including an arboretum of primarily 19th-century plantings. In the area of horticulture, we give tours including as many or as few of these topics as desired:
- Antique Roses–Over 200 Varieties Throughout the Cemetery (peak of bloom is mid-May)
- Old-Fashioned Shrub Garden and Its Architectural Relic Sculpture
- Butterfly Garden and Lotus Pond (peak of bloom is mid-June through August)
- “I thought this one was a weed”
- Birds for Early Risers or Late Comers (peak of bird population is early June)
- Nature Walk Especially for Kids
- The Cemetery Bees and Beekeeper at Work
- Composting and Demonstration Garden (Hosted by Hill City Master Gardeners)
- All tours are by appointment. Two weeks notice may be required. Please call to discuss your specific needs.
- The length of time varies for different tours, but allow 30-120 minutes, depending on the subject(s) and group size.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes. Footing can be irregular.
- Children should be instructed before arrival about respectful behavior and proper etiquette in a cemetery.
- Dogs are allowed, but not encouraged. They must be on a leash at all times. We ask dog owners to request dogs to be respectful of their surroundings as well.
- There are handicapped-accessible restrooms in the Cemetery Center.
- In case of rain, shelter space is very limited. When tours cannot be rescheduled, your docent can board your bus and offer a “Hitting the High Spots” overview of the Cemetery as your driver slowly follows the roadway.
- Costs for guided tours are as follows:
$8.00 per adult, $3.00 per child;
$50.00 minimum tour fee.
Group sizes may be limited.
Please contact the Cemetery Center to design a personalized, guided tour for you or your group.
Telephone: (434) 847-1465
Fax: (434) 856-2004
Mail: Old City Cemetery
401 Taylor Street
Lynchburg, VA 24501