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September 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 
(See the sunset!)
PUBLIC TOUR: “STONES THAT TALK” guided driving and walking tour

On this interesting walking tour, we’ll focus on more contemporary monuments and markers which often feature engravings of literal representations or quotes that reveal the life of the deceased, as well as stones that are actually shaped to represent that person’s interests. A few examples represented at Crown Hill are dogs, planes, pianos, boats, cars, music notes, birds, photographs, etc., as well as monuments shaped like barns, houses, etc. (It’s a variation of the Victorian Symbolism tour on June 24, which focuses on symbols on monuments and what they mean. Many of the earlier monuments have flowers, wreaths, weeping willows, draped flags, angels, lambs, etc., which all symbolize something other than what they are.) This tour stays fairly close to the Gothic Chapel and will include a drive to the top of the Crown at the end. Shown here is the large unique monument shaped like a singles tennis net with a tennis racket for Stan Malless (1914-2012), who is buried on the Crown down the hill from James Whitcomb Riley. “Game, Set, Match” is engraved on his monument, a tennis term to indicate the end of a match, and in his case, also the end of life. Mr. Malless was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and as symbolized here, Indianapolis’ “Mr. Tennis.” He made major contributions to the sport locally, nationally, and internationally. He also brought professional tennis to Indianapolis and was responsible for the building of the downtown tennis stadium and getting tennis reinstated as an Olympic sport.
This is a walking tour that will last approximately two hours.

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. 


Crown Hill Heritage Foundation
(317) 920-2644


Crown Hill Cemetery’s 34th St. Gate Entrance
3400 Boulevard Place
Indianapolis, IN 46208
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