TIL DEATH DO US PART:
THE LOVE STORIES OF LAUREL HILL
A VALENTINE’S TOUR and RECEPTION
Love and Death are the preferred subjects of poets and philosophers across eras and oceans – subjects intertwined in their great mystery, in their power to inspire, to destroy and to change our worlds forever. Considering this, the notion of marking the “spirit” of Valentine’s Day in a cemetery seems natural, after all.
Laurel Hill’s Valentine’s Day wintertime walking tour was inspired by the little-known story of a little-known woman whose heart – and only her heart – now lies buried beneath the cemetery’s earth. Learn about her symbolic, final gesture, and other tales of love as varied as the souls from which they transpired. Some love is eternal; some love ends; and some love ends badly. Devotion, passion and faith prove to sway destinies as much as greed, lust and betrayal. Those stories that do not warm your own heart will entertain and tantalize instead. The tour will conclude with a toasty, fireside reception replete with wine, hot chocolate and hors d’oeuvres.
The tour will take place on Saturday, February 9 at 1:00pm, 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 $20/person; $18/students and seniors; $17/members. Advance registration is requested. Tickets should be purchased in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.
Guide: Gwen Kaminski
MONTHLY FOURTH FRIDAY TOUR SERIES:
HOT SPOTS and STORIED PLOTS
Join Laurel Hill Cemetery for this 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. BRAND NEW “Hot Spots and Storied Plots” will be presented monthly as part of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Fourth Friday tour series, which take place on the fourth Friday of every month at 10:00am.
February’s walking tour will take place on Friday, February 22 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 $8/person general admission; $5/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.
Guide: Michael Brooks, Ph.D.