We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“unknown plot”
Review of Grandview Cemetery

Grandview Cemetery
Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Johnstown
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Reviewed 29 July 2013

One must visit the unknown plot of victims from the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889 at Grandview Cemetery to fully understand the amount of death and destruction that took place that fateful day

Thank cog62
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (79)
There are newer reviews for Grandview Cemetery
See the most recent reviews
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

67 - 71 of 79 reviews

Reviewed 13 July 2013

Grandview is definitely not a cemetery I would recommend going out of one's way to visit; however, if you happen to be in Johnstown, it is definitely worth a visit.

The cemetery sprawls over 235, most unremarkable, acres. What makes it truly worth going a bit out of the way for is the 20,000 square foot plot where the unidentified bodies of 755 victims of the 1889 flood were laid to rest. While it's doubtful one would count them, there are actually 777 identical stones in the plot...twenty-two were added for the sake of symmetry.

The 1889 flood claimed the lives of 2,209 citizens of Johnstown on 31 May, 1889, when the South Fork Dam (located 14 miles above Johnstown) gave way, unleashing 20 million gallons of watery fury on those below.

The "Monument to the Unknown Dead" which watches over the solemn acres, was dedicated three years after the catastrophe. It features a 35 ton, 21' high granite memorial surmounted by life-size statues depicting the Virtues: Faith, Hope & Charity. The inscription reads: "In memory of the unidentified dead from the flood May 31, 1889."

1  Thank Cemetery_Man
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 February 2013

It is worth a trip around the place. Interesting to see the burial grounds for the many lost during the 1889 flodd.

3  Thank teeshort
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 17 November 2012

This place has history, great views, and stories at every corner. Take the self drive tour. Read the brochure and go all around. Read a little history about the Johnstown flood and visit that area. Also read about the hauntings that supposedly happen.
Great visit for the whole family.

2  Thank pennwoodpete
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 21 September 2012

How do you possibly write a review for a cemetery?
You don't.
All you can do is recommend others partake of the magnificance and grandeur of the old monuments, headstones and markers - all located on beautifully manicured rolling terrain.

They won't be disappointed.

2  Thank rkhawg
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Grandview Cemetery also viewed

 

Been to Grandview Cemetery? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing