The entrance to Old City Cemetery is located at the corner of Fourth and Taylor Streets in downtown Lynchburg. For GPS directions, use “401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, Virginia, 24501.” If you get lost, please call the Cemetery Center at (434) 847–1465.
The Cemetery grounds are open to the public every day of the year, dawn to dusk, free of charge. Unless ice, snow, or other weather-related conditions make the driveway impassable, the Cemetery gates are always open between dawn and dusk.
The Cemetery Center is open and staff members are available Monday through Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, except for major holidays.
The Victorian Mourning Museum is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
The Pest House, Hearse House, Station House, and Chapel are open all day for self-guided exterior tours, using brochures and audio recordings. These buildings are occasionally opened during tours and special events, and can be opened by appointment.
Guided Tours & Field Trips
Guided tours are available by appointment and special request. The fee for non-school related tours is $8 per person, with a $50 minimum.
We offer a general grounds tour, tours of our various buildings, Civil War history tours, African American history tours, horticulture tours, and special interest tours.
For more information, or to request a guided tour, call our Cemetery Center at 434-847-1465.
We offer educational field trips for k-12, and college students. Our programs are developed with current standards of learning in mind, and we make every effort to provide engaging, hands-on experiences for our visiting students. Our programs include, but are not limited to, Civil War history, Lynchburg History, African American History (Lynchburg, Civil War, Emancipation), Horticulture (pollinators, compost edu, the importance of trees, etc), Medicine in the Victorian Era, Victorian Mourning & Burial Customs, Early Leaders of Lynchburg, etc. If you are looking for something that is not listed here, please call as we may have a program that fits your interests and educational goals. Field Trip costs = $3/student, with a $50 minimum. We ask for 1 adult chaperone for every 10 students. To book a field trip or get more information, call 434-847-1465.
The Cemetery offers more than a dozen “quick guide” brochures highlighting different aspects of the history and horticulture of the Cemetery for self-guided tours. Brochures are available, free of charge, at the Lynchburg Visitors Center, Cemetery Gatehouse (Fourth & Taylor Streets), Cemetery Center, and in brochure boxes throughout the Cemetery.
We LOVE volunteers at Old City Cemetery, and are always welcoming more! If you have an interest in horticulture, gardening, history, research, or service projects, we invite you to come by our office, or give us a call! We have opportunities for everyone. Specifically, we are always looking for museum docents and landscape helpers! We’re also always interested in hearing from service organizations like the Scouts, youth groups, and volunteer groups who are looking to put in some hours at OCC.