PUBLIC TOUR: “VICTORIAN SYMBOLISM” (See the sunset!)
June 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
~ JUNE 22
Saturday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. (See the sunset!)
PUBLIC TOUR: “VICTORIAN SYMBOLISM” guided walking tour
On this walking tour, we’ll explore some of the interesting examples of Victorian symbolism on monuments and markers found throughout Crown Hill and try to understand what mean in the context of the era when they were created. If you’ve ever wondered about the unique tree trunk monuments, you’ll learn the meaning of the number of branches, as well as if they’re broken or not. Common symbols are flowers, ferns, weeping willows, stars, anchors, chains, draped flags, lambs, sun disks, serpents, angels, crosses, open books, and wreaths, just to name a few. Shown here is the top of the monument for Joshua Black (1788-1879), a carpenter from Maryland who relocated to Indianapolis in 1826 and is buried on Sec. 5. It shows a weeping willow and some stars. What do they mean? (According to the rest of his stone, Mr. Black was a First Lieutenant in the War of 1812, a member of the Council of Indianapolis and the Methodist Church.) Unlike many of our monuments and markers today which sometimes have engravings of literal representations to reveal the life of the deceased (a piano, dog, etc.), Victorian stones are highly symbolic. On this tour we’ll look at these symbols and try to understand what they say about the people buried beneath them.
This is a walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. (Another tour of interest will be held on September 15 and is titled “Stones that Talk,” which will explore contemporary stones and what their more literal symbols and shapes they tell us about the deceased.)
Important PUBLIC TOUR Info!
PUBLIC TOUR FEES: Get your tickets in advance and save money! CLICK HERE! Discount tickets on Eventbrite are $7 for Adults ages 18+, and Children ages 17 and under are FREE (but still need a ticket)! The Adult fee at the GATE is $10. No RSVP or minimum number attending is required.
WHERE TO MEET: Meet the tour guide right inside the 34th St. Gothic stone gate in front of the beautiful and historic Waiting Station building (1885), located at 34th St. and Boulevard Pl. The 34th St. gate closes daily at 5 p.m. and is opened for after-hours tours and events. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Once the tour is scheduled to begin the tour guide will lead everyone to their final parking area (always free parking!) or will proceed on the driving tour route.
CANCELLATIONS: if a tour is canceled for inclement weather, or for any reason, we will post it to our Twitter Account at least one hour before the tour is to begin. You can find us at @CrownHillCem.
WHAT TO WEAR/BRING: It’s recommended that participants wear comfy walking shoes, dress casually according to the weather, carry bottled water, and use insect repellent in the summer. Tours will be held in the event of rain if it’s not dangerous or a downpour. Flashlights aren’t necessary.
RESTROOMS: Tour attendees will have the opportunity to use the restroom in the Waiting Station building prior to the tour if they arrive in advance. (The building will be re-locked when the tour is scheduled to begin.) If needed, access to restrooms following tours is also available. Note that the restrooms located at the back of the Gothic Chapel (indoor restrooms attached to the back of the chapel) are open all day every day for your convenience.
DOGS, STROLLERS, & WHEELCHAIRS: Little ones in strollers and very friendly dogs on leashes are welcome to attend. (You must pick up after your pet and they must remain on a leash.) Our tour routes include walking on paved roads and through the grass sections with many markers, monuments, and uneven terrain. Participants in wheelchairs and strollers generally do well on the roads but are not advised to venture into the sections where it would be difficult or impossible to navigate with small or narrow wheels. Participants can stay on the road and rejoin the tour when they return. It should also be noted that Crown Hill has many rolling hills and the overall terrain is not flat. In addition, going to the top of the Crown is very steep and it would be dangerous for a wheelchair. The tour group will go up the Crown and back down to the same spot. Tour participants in wheelchairs, or those unable to walk up the hill to the top of the Crown, are welcome to wait at the bottom. You are free to drive up to the top of the Crown at another time.
TOURS & EVENTS CALENDAR: To view the entire calendar at once, visit the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation’s TOURS & EVENTS PAGE.