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June 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

$7 – $10

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. 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.

  • Sunset walking tour! This is a walking tour that will cover about a mile at a comfortable pace for most. Participants will see the sunset from the top of the Crown, the highest hill in Marion County with a 360-degree view of the entire city skyline!
  • Tickets:
    Purchase adult advance discount tour tickets and find much more tour info on Eventbrite.
    Tickets in advance are $7.00 (ages 18+), and $10 at the gate.
    Children ages 17 and under are free!*
    *All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Student and child groups must arrange for a Private Group Tour.)
  • Where to meet: Inside 34th St. Gate in front of the Waiting Station at 3400 Boulevard Place. Arrive 10-15 min. early.
  • Another tour of interest is “Stones that Talk” about modern symbolism on monuments and markers:
    Sept. 12 – 6-8 p.m. (See the sunset!)

Visit the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation’s WEBSITE for more info about all our tours and events, history, nature, memorial trees, and to support our restoration, education, and beautification efforts.


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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