VICTORIANS AFTER DARK: LOVE AND LUST IN THE 19TH CENTURY (A VALENTINE'S DAY PROGRAM and RECEPTION)

 

Between OkCupid and singles night at the bar, we may think we have the corner market on love connections in the 21st century; but be not fooled; Victorians in the 1800s had their ways. The flick of a fan could indicate whether a lover was supposed to follow or flee, and calling cards did double duty as both contact information and indicating interest level. Even sketches, letters, and locks of hair joined the fray as harbingers of amour and sometimes scandal. Join us for a night that is equal parts love and lust as we cover everything from the 19th century version of speed dating to romantic acts that will make you swoon.

 

Who was the stunning young medium who left a famous explorer embarrassed by his 1850s “sexts”? What is the tragic account of the handsomest man in Laurel Hill? And what other tales of beating hearts lie beneath Laurel Hill? This Valentine’s Day program will answer those questions and more with a scintillating talk around a roasting fire in Laurel Hill’s historic gatehouse followed by a reception with cocktails and sumptuous desserts. Don’t miss the opportunity to try your hand at Victorian flirting tactics and depart into the winter’s night warmed by stories that prove though the body may be gone, a good love story is rarely forgotten.   

 

The talk will take place on Thursday, February 11 at 6:30pm and 8:15pm, in Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

 
The cost is $20/person. Seating is limited, advance registration is required. Tickets can be purchased by phone (215) 228-8200 or online
 
Presented by: Alexis Jeffcoat
 
 
LAUREL HILL: THE HOT SPOTS AND STORIED PLOTS
 
In life and in death, we all have stories to tell and what better place to hear tales of wonder than Philadelphia’s most famous home of the dead? Join Laurel Hill Cemetery for an informative overview of Laurel Hill’s long and colorful history, which will include many of the marble masterpieces, stunning views and legendary stories that afford the cemetery its WOW factor. This is the perfect tour for first-time visitors to Laurel Hill, and anyone else who enjoys beautiful art, scenic nature and fascinating history. “The Hot Spots and Storied Plots” will be presented monthly as part of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Fourth Friday and Second Saturday tour series.
 
The walking tour will take place on Saturday, February 13 at 10:00am, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

The cost is $12/person general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online

 

Guide: Nancy Wright

 

 
LUNCHBOX LECTURE 
 
As the days grow shorter and the chill of the winter season settles upon us, Laurel Hill’s 78 acres of enchanting landscape becomes increasingly difficult to traverse by foot. The Lunchbox Lecture series offers visitors the opportunity to tour and explore the Cemetery’s most notable sites from the seated comfort of the warm indoors. The presentation will feature an informative overview of the Cemetery’s most historic hot spots, notorious names, and noteworthy art and architecture. Bring a bagged lunch and your sense of curiosity to the second lecture of this three-part winter series.

 

February's lecture will take place on Friday, February 19 at 12:00pmUpon arrival, check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. 

 

The cost is $8/person general admissionTickets may be purchased in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online. Advanced reservations are requested and seating is limited.

 
Guide: Terri Greenberg
 
 

LAUREL HILL: THE HOT SPOTS AND STORIED PLOTS

In life and in death, we all have stories to tell and what better place to hear tales of wonder than Philadelphia’s most famous home of the dead? Join Laurel Hill Cemetery for an informative overview of Laurel Hill’s long and colorful history, which will include many of the marble masterpieces, stunning views and legendary stories that afford the cemetery its WOW factor. This is the perfect tour for first-time visitors to Laurel Hill, and anyone else who enjoys beautiful art, scenic nature and fascinating history. “The Hot Spots and Storied Plots” will be presented monthly as part of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Fourth Friday and Second Saturday tour series.

 

February's walking tour will take place on Friday, February 26 at 10:00am, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

The cost is $12/person general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online

 

Guide: Clarissa Shanahan