Heritage Foundation

Crown Hill Heritage Foundation

Crown Hill Cemetery’s 555 park-like acres are home to 130 species of trees, 25 miles of winding roads, 3 miles of brick and wrought iron fence, Gothic structures dating back to 1875, a bridge/underpass that serves as on the city’s main thoroughfares, and the highest hill in Marion County with a magnificent view of the Indianapolis skyline.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Crown Hill is a community treasure that serves a broad range of needs and stands as a monument to the memories of hundreds of famous Hoosiers and the thousands more who selected Crown Hill as their final resting place.

The Crown Hill Heritage Foundation was founded in 1984 to preserve the historic structures, the cultural heritage, and the great natural beauty of Crown Hill Cemetery. The foundation achieves its mission with a perpetual historic preservation program and shares the historic treasures, heritage, and beauty of the cemetery through its award-winning tour program and special events calendar.

The foundation is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, and donations to the foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. The foundation welcomes your contribution, multi-year pledge, or gift made through your will. We invite you to visit Ways to Give at www.crownhillhf.org to learn more.

Tours and Events

The Crown Hill Heritage Foundation has a full calendar of public tours and events throughout the summer and fall. Please check out our CALENDAR – complete with photos and descriptions!

Public Guided Tours

We offer guided historical Public Tours from May through October, on several weekends a month. Our tours are scheduled in advance and cover a variety of different themes throughout the summer. The majority are scheduled so visitors can see the sunset and entire city skyline from the memorial for James Whitcomb Riley on the top of the Crown! Discount Tickets can be purchased in advance or you can pay the full fee at the gate. There’s no need to RSVP or pay a minimum group fee. You can purchase discount Public Tour Tickets HERE!

Private Guided Tours

We offer guided historical Private Tours from late March through October, from 9 am until dark, on every day of the year except for holidays, and as long as a tour guide is available. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Most guided tours last 90 minutes, are walking tours, and cover about one mile at a comfortable pace for most. We also offer driving tours in your cars, vans, and very small buses. The cemetery does not have public transportation. (Please note: we cannot accommodate large or coach-sized buses due to our low-hanging branches and very narrow roads.)

Please visit the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation’s PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR PAGE for complete information, including our tour rates and how to schedule a tour with us.

 

Crown Hill Cemetery Books

Crown Hill: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is a national award-winning beautiful coffee table book written by Douglas Wissing, Marianne Tobias, Rebecca Dolan, and Anne Ryder. Published by the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation and the Indiana Historical Society Press, it commemorates the 150th anniversary of Crown Hill and includes more than 400 pages and 600 photographs by Marty N. Davis and Richard Fields. Send an email to development@crownhill.org or call (317) 920-4165 for ordering information.

A softcover history book, which includes historical photographs and the history of Crown Hill, as well as several self-guided walking tours, is available for purchase at our funeral home and cemetery office ($5 each) or by mail ($7.50 each).

Additionally, the Heritage Foundation has developed an educator’s handbook to provide teachers with a multi-disciplinary curriculum. This handbook contains eight lesson plans and sample teaching units, including the history of Crown Hill, historic figures, Indiana heritage, cemetery preservation, funerary art and architecture, nature and foliage, and genealogy.

For more information about tours or books, send an email to mdavis@crownhill.org or call (317) 920-2644.

 

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