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Indianapolis Cemetery Walking Tours

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Crown Hill CemeteryJoin Crown Hill for one of our popular walking tours.  Throughout the year, walking tours are available at Crown Hill Cemetery.  Awarded the Best Walking Tour of Indianapolis, the tours are meaningful and fun events.  There are different tours to keep you learning more about history, Crown Hill, and influential Hoosiers.  Learn more about Indianapolis history through stories of those who call Crown Hill home or take a tour to learn more about the various monuments and statues.

2015 Calendar of Tours and Events




Meet Our Staff: James Mullikin, Director of Cemetery Operations

Monday, March 17th, 2014
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Director of Cemetery Operations, James Mullikin

We are excited to announce the newest member to the Crown Hill team as James Mullikin. James is the Director of Cemetery Operations for Crown Hill and New Crown Cemeteries. James has been in the funeral and cemetery industry for 30 years. He was previously the Managing Partner for Bunkers Mortuaries, Cemeteries and Crematory in Las Vegas, NV.  Prior to that position, he served as Regional General Manger with Alderwoods Group and was responsible for funeral and cemetery operations in Georgia, Florida and Alabama.  James is originally from Hawkinsville,Georgia and is one of three children and is proud to be the son of a retired decorated Army Veteran.  James is a graduate of Hawkinsville High School and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia.   He attended North Georgia College and University and is a graduate of the Emory University Goizueta Business School Executive Program in Atlanta.

As a commitment to serving families, James is nationally certified by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, a member of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. In 2009 he was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Nevada State Board of Funeral Service.  James is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Georgia.

James has been an active Rotarian for over 18 years and is committed to living the Rotary’s theme of “Service above Self.”  He is a Rotary recipient of three Paul Harris Fellows. In his spare time, James enjoys reading and going to the movies.


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Crown Hill Walking Club Winner

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

88634294October 31st wrapped up the first year of the Crown Hill Walking Club. We are proud to announce our Walker with the Most Miles for 2013! With 160 miles, Sandy Fillenwarth of Indianapolis, had a total of 160 miles! Congratulations, Sandy! Not only does she hold the title of Walker with the Most Miles but she is the winner of a $200.00 cash prize. Sandy also shared with us what kept her motivated to reach her walking goal and what she enjoyed most about walking at Crown Hill.


Why did you decide to join the Crown Hill Walking Club?

Sandy: “I was looking up tours and events on the Crown Hill website and noticed the information about the walking club.  It was perfect timing for me because I love to walk and I definitely needed some kind of motivation to get started again – nothing like getting a prize for every 25 miles walked to motivate this old lady – and then a cash prize for the walker with the most miles was just icing on the cake.”


What did you most enjoy about walking at Crown Hill?

Sandy: “I have thoroughly enjoyed walking here and I am forever grateful to Crown Hill for starting up the walking club.  It’s motivated me to start walking again and now I can’t stop.  Fall is probably my favorite season to walk because of all the gorgeous trees at Crown Hill, but every season definitely has its perk.  My walks at Crown Hill almost always include a jaunt up to the top.  I just love the view up there.  They cityscape at dusk is absolutely stunning.  Well, actually, it is stunning any time of the day and any kind of weather.  My heart always smiles when I see a deer or two.  Watching one of these graceful animals leap over a tombstone is just poetry in motion.”


Your goal was to walk 150 miles in honor of Crown Hill’s Anniversary…and you walked 160!! Did you surprise yourself with this?

Sandy: “In honor of Crown Hill’s Sesquicentennial anniversary, I thought I would try to walk 150 miles during the Walking Club period and I did.  It was really easy because walking on the beautiful grounds of Crown Hill gives me time to mediate and pray and enjoy the wonderful blessings of nature.  It is just so peaceful and serene here at Crown Hill, no matter what time of year.”


Will you participate in the Crown Hill Walking Club again next year?

Sandy: “If Crown has the Walking Club again next year, I will be the first person to sign up.  It has been a wonderful experience.”


What advice would you give others who want to be more active?

Sandy: “If anyone wants to be more active, I would tell them to find something they enjoy doing because they will more likely stick with it if they are enjoying it.  I personally enjoy walking.  Something as simple as brisk walking can help you live a healthier and happier life.  It can help control your weight, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mental health and mood and increase your chances of living longer.  In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “Walking is the best possible exercise.”


Great job, Sandy! For others interested in joining the Crown Hill Walking Club next year, make sure to check out our upcoming events page for more information.



International Picnic Day: June 18, 2013

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

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June 18th is International Picnic Day! Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery encourages you to bring a picnic on that day. Our cemetery grounds are a beautiful and scenic place to enjoy a picnic with family, friends or by yourself. Our cemetery has a park-like atmosphere with amazing history that can be appreciated by all.


Dr. Samuel A. Elbert

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Indiana’s first black physician, Dr. Samuel A. Elbert, was honored on January 29th with a headstone .  More than a 100 years after his death, the Geneological Society initiated the project.  The Indianapolis Medical Society and Aesculapian Medical Society were helpful financial supporters of the project.  

To find his grave, enter the 34th St. gate at 34th and Boulevard Place and follow the white line past the chapel.  His grave is located directly to the left of the white line when traveling towards the Crown from the Gothic Chapel.

Dr. Samuel A. Elbert overcame racial barriers to attend medical school and start a medical practice.  He is thought to be the first licensed African Amercian physician in Indiana.

The Indianapolis Star has a few articles about the ceremony and Dr. Samuel A. Elbert.

Indiana’s first black physician will receive a headstone — more than 100 years after his death, Indianapolis Star, January 27, 2013

State’s 1st licensed black physician is honored, Indianapolis Star, January 29, 2013

Persistence paid off for Indiana’s first licensed black physician, Indianapolis Star, February 4, 2010


Blue Father’s Day

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

In memory of all fathers, Crown Hill is going BLUE the weekend of Father’s Day.  When you visit our funeral home or cemetery this weekend, our employees will be wearing blue to show our support for the end of prostate cancer.

This Father’s Day, take some time to spend with your dad or share some memories of him.  Whether you are placing flowers or simply visiting your father’s grave, Crown Hill staff will be available to assist you in any way.  Should you have a geneaology request or need help locating a loved one in Crown Hill Cemetery, please visit our Locate A Loved One page dedicated to these services.

Remember to get screened in prevention of prostate cancer.  We want you walk in our doors.


Memorial Day at Crown Hill Cemetery, 2012

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

A Time to Honor and Remember

Friday, March 30th, 2012

IU Health Hospice and Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery will honor Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 19th at 2:00 in the afternoon.  We invite you to join us at Crown Hill Funeral Home’s Memorial Chapel.

Join us as we honor and support our country’s men and women in uniform; past and present in a special ceremony to acknowledge each veteran in attendance with a small token of our gratitude.

  • Brig. Gen. Stewart Goodwin, USAF (ret.), Executive Director, Indiana War Memorials will address the gathering on bahlf of the grateful citizens of Indiana.
  • Light refreshments will be served in Crown Hill Funeral Home’s Celebration Hall following service.
  • The conclusion of the service will be held at the Eternal Flame in the Field of Valor, rain or shine.  For those who wish to observe without moving ou to the cemetery, the reception area and patio will be open.

Click Here for event flyer.

Join us as we honor and support our country’s men and women in uniform; past and present in a special ceremony to acknowledge each veteran in attendance with a small token of our gratitude.


Flower Placement Program

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Placing flowers is an important way to recognize the memory of a loved one.  At Crown Hill Cemetery, we offer a Flower Placement Program to ensure flowers are placed on holidays, birthdays, and other special dates.

To participate, fill out the form and send it back to us.


Our Tips to Help with Your Resolutions

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Welcome 2012!  For those that have made resolutions to lead a more active and healthier lifestyle, read how some of Crown Hill employees have made a difference in their health.

Rodney Ziemer, Funeral Director

If you do not have time for the gym everyone should make time for bodyweight exercises such as jumping jacks, pushups, knee bends, prisoner squats, and planks.  15 minutes a day doing 4 to five sets of 15-25 repetitions will get you on your way to a stronger, healthy metabolism.  For any one serious about overall health investing in a program at Target Metabolism is a great idea. They will test your metabolism and let you know your correct daily caloric intake, as well as monitor your body composition in regards to fat and lean muscle.  Eat healthy, exercise regularly. To your health!

Tony Clemons, Family Service Counselor

I exercise three times a week and play basketball once a week. In addition, I also enjoy the sauna before and after my workouts.

John Meredith, Cemetery Operations Manager

To avoid unwanted calories, I drink a lot of water and control the portions size of meals. I have a few snacks throughout the day to keep his metabolism going.  For exercise, I enjoy Yoga as my workout 2-3 times per week.

Lauren Gerlach, Family Service Counselor

I work out religiously four (4) times a week. In addition to drinking a lot of water throughout the day, I limit my coffee intake to stay hydrated.  Fast food is not part of my routine; it is mostly fresh foods and organic juices.