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Crown Hill Cemetery

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Address: 700 W 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208-4240
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+1 317-925-3800
08:00 - 20:00
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Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest non-government cemetery with 555...

Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest non-government cemetery with 555 acres of beautiful rolling hills. Located across the street from the Indianapolis Museum of Art, thousands visit this urban oasis to enjoy its peaceful beauty; study the architecture, sculptures and trees; exercise; picnic; view the wildlife (including a herd of white-tailed deer), and to study the history and heritage of the 200,000+ people buried there. A "must see" highlight is a visit to the top of "The Crown," the highest hill in the county, which affords a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire Indianapolis skyline. Note: the white line painted on the roads connects both gates via the "scenic route," including Pres. Harrison's memorial, the "Crown," National Cemetery, Gothic Chapel (1875), Waiting Station and 34th Street Gothic gate (both 1885). Crown Hill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Notables include President Benjamin Harrison, poet James Whitcomb Riley, Col. Eli Lilly, three U.S. Vice Presidents, and numerous others, including the infamous bank robber John Dillinger. Crown Hill's popular guided tours were twice named "The Best Walking Tour" by Indianapolis Monthly magazine, featured as one of Midwest Living Magazine's "Terrific Tours," and listed as one of "5 Things to Do in Indy Before You Die" by the Indianapolis Star. Visitors can attend one of many guided Public Tours (most scheduled to see the sunset), or schedule their own Private Group Tour. Pick-up a new Visitor's Guide Map at the Waiting Station building inside the 34th St. gate (3400 Boulevard Place). For more info on their national award-winning coffee table book titled "Crown Hill: History, Spirit, Sanctuary," guided tours, historical info, tree maps, etc., please visit the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation online.

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The place for your eternal rest

This is a beautiful and serene resting place. All of the Vardiman family is there. We have two plats, I will eventually rest in one there. My wife's family is also resting there.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
John V
Irving, United States
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Irving, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful and serene resting place. All of the Vardiman family is there. We have two plats, I will eventually rest in one there. My wife's family is also resting there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lot of Indianapolis history is contained in this big old cemetery. Located on some of the best terrain in Indy, the trees are old and varied. The drive through is amazing. Even if you just stay in your car, it is a beautiful place. If you want to wonder around, you might find the graves of John Dillinger, President... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take a walk, bike ride, or bring your Girl/Boy Scout troop for a fun field trip! The headstones are so interesting to explore and the scenery itself is timeless. Hike up the hill to see James Witcomb Riley's mausoleum and get a great view of downtown Indianapolis. If it's still true, I believe this is the highest natural point in... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Crown Hill is scenic, with hundreds of beautiful mature trees and interesting statuary. It boasts the highest point in Indianapolis and is home to John Dillinger's resting place, along side several of his relatives. About the tour, I attended a walking tour that provided tidbits about the cemetery and the symbolism associated with the statuary and different eras. This may... More 

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Elizabethton, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We were in town for a game & wanted to check out some local history. Stop by the front office & they will give you a map. If you go to Riley's you get a cool view of the city skyline. Also if you like football, the Irsay (Colt's) family is on your left as you head up to Rileys.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

This is the last place I would think of going. However it is really a Park- bring your bicycles- no traffic and lots of beautiful trees and space to roam. It has the tallest hill in the City where James Whitcomb Riley and other famous people are buried. The view from the top gives you a panorama of the City.... More 

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Bloomington Indiana Usa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

If you enjoy Art and History, Crown Hill Cemetery is very enjoyable. The landscaping is beautiful, the monuments fascinating, and the History self-evident. President Benjamin Harrison is burid here. Mr. Gatling, inventor of the gatling Gun, is here. James Whitcomb Riley, the "Hoosier Poet" has the premier spot here, at the top of Crown Hill. Stop at the office and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We read about the 152 year old Crown Hill Cemetery, covering 555 acres with more than 200,000 burials, which began during the Civil War on Sept. 25, 1863 and decided we had to visit. There is phenomenal history in this enormous graveyard including a U.S. President, a section called the Pioneer Cemetery with small grave stones with young children's and... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Even if you are not usually interested in cemeteries, the view from the Riley monument, on the hill, is worth the trip. But also check out the Civil War section, and the lovely chapel. Peaceful and beautiful.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Check out famous Hoosiers and not so famous Hoosiers on the grounds of Crown Hill Cemetery. Great for a walk or bike ride and just down the street from IMA. Visit James Whitcolm Riley's grave/the highest point in Indianapolis. There are guided tours, but I've yet to go on one.

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