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Join the thousands who visit Crown Hill each year and experience the incredible beauty, history, and heritage of the nation's third largest cemetery on a guided walking or driving tour. Twice voted "Best of Indy Walking Tour" by Indianapolis Monthly magazine, our Public and Private guided group tours offer an interesting and detailed look into the lives of many of the famous and infamous, fascinating, and sometimes ordinary people buried and entombed here.

You Can Help Build "Tomorrow's Canopy" Today!
We invite you to partner with us to help create "Tomorrow's Canopy" in Crown Hill! Visit Crown Hill's "Go Fund Me" campaign to help raise funds for 200 new trees to replace about half of the trees killed by the Emerald Ash Borer beetles. Each tree is $300, which includes the purchase, planting, and care provided by youth that we'll hire to just for that purpose. Please join us! No amount is too small! You can donate money for a leaf ~ a branch ~ a trunk ~ a whole tree ~ or bunches of trees! You can read more about our "Tomorrow's Canopy" campaign Online and in our Fall 2015 Newsletter (PDF). So far generous donors have funded 64 trees! 136 to go! Thank you! 

History, Spirit, Sanctuary

       In celebration of Crown Hill's 150th Anniversary, Crown Hill Heritage Foundation and Indiana Historical Society Press have published a fantastic coffee table book, and people LOVE it! 
       We're very proud that CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary was chosen as the SILVER AWARD WINNER for Foreward Review's prestigious national IndieFab "BOOK OF THE YEAR" in the Regional Category! (Awards were determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers from around the country, in conjunction with Forward's editorial staff. Representing hundreds of independent and university presses of all sizes, IndieFab winners were selected after months of editorial deliberation over more than 1,500 entries in 60 categories. Winners were announced at the American Library Association's annual conference in Las Vegas.) 
      CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is a beautiful 380-page coffee table book which tells the story of our nation's third largest non-government cemetery from its founding in 1863 (during the Civil War) until today. Authors Douglas Wissing, Marianne Tobias, Rebecca Dolan, and Anne Ryder cover many topics including extensive history, personal and poignant stories, natural history, and numerous vignettes of individuals and families who rest within its historic Gothic gates. It features over 600 beautiful, full color photographs by Marty N. Davis and Richard Fields, including a number of aerial photos of Crown Hill that will capture your attention as they allow you to see Crown Hill as you've never seen it before! Author Douglas Wissing beautifully weaves together 150 years of Crown Hill history with local and state history, creating the context which allowed Crown Hill to become the "City on the Hill" - the final resting place of many of our pioneers, civic leaders, politicians, musicians, actors, artists, automotive manufacturers and Indianapolis 500 notables, military and public safety heroes, and countless others.
Something unique about this wonderful book is that you don't need to have family buried at Crown Hill to thoroughly enjoy it. In fact, you don't need to have ever stepped foot inside our gates to love it! The book is 11"x11", is hard bound, and weighs approx. 5.5 lbs!
       BOOK REVIEW! You can read a wonderful REVIEW of our book by William A. Browne in the December 2014 issue of Indiana Magazine of History. (Please note that our second photographer, Richard Fields, was mistakenly omitted from the review.) 
      CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is available for purchase at the Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery office, Monday-Saturday, from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. (The address is 700 W. 38th St., which is the corner of 38th St. and Clarendon Rd.) It may also be ordered by mail by using this downloadable ORDER FORM.
The total cost is $40 per book, or $50 if mailed, including the shipping and handling fee of $10 per book. You may also order you copy(s) by phone or by mail for $40 each and pick your book(s) up at the Funeral Home and Cemetery office Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
      For more information, please contact Marianne Randjelovic at or call (317) 920-4165.

  2016 Schedule of TOURS and EVENTS
       THANK YOU to everyone who JOINED US in 2015 at CROWN HILL CEMETERY! We had an exciting schedule in 2015 and are looking forward to lots of great "Best of Indy" Public Tours, Events, and Concerts in 2016! In addition to our award-winning Public Guided Tours conducted throughout the summer and fall, some of our many events will include the 148th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Civil War Memorial Service (with Civil War reenactors) at the end of May, "Spirit of Freedom" with 1,500 Indianapolis Public School students and Civil War Reenactors in early June, President Benjamin Harrison's Birthday Wreath-Laying Ceremony in August,  Beyond the Badge 5K Run/Walk on September 18th, Ghost Stories on October 1st, and our incredibly popular Music of the Night Concerts on October 13, 14, 15 & 20, 21, 22, as well as Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving! And I'm sure they'll be even more events than listed here!
       Check back the first couple of months of 2016 to see our Full Schedule with photos, as well as our ONLINE GOOGLE CALENDAR with lots of details. We look forward to seeing you again in 2016! Also look for Music of the Night Concert tickets to go on sale in the spring!

Check out this great article, "A Cemetery to Die For" [PDF] from the AAA Home & Away Magazine's website! This great article was written by Chicago travel writer Susan Ward who joined us on a Public Tour. You'll learn some great info about Crown Hill and its residents, as well as about our very popular Public Tours, held the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays of the month throughout the summer and fall.  

Terrific Tours ~ Midwest Living
"TERRIFIC TOURS!" ~ we're so proud to be featured as a "TERRIFIC TOUR" in MIDWEST LIVING magazine! (Click here to read the article on Midwest Living's website.) Again in 2016 we'll offer our extremely popular PUBLIC TOURS throughout the summer and fall. You can count on sunset tours on the second, third, and fourth Saturday evenings of the month from June through October, with a few exceptions. You can also count on a few Saturday morning tours as well. Most will be walking tours and a few will be driving tours. The fees are just $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for school age youth. Reservations are NOT required! And if you can't make it on one of our weekend Public Tours, or would just like to have a tour for your group, we also offer PRIVATE WALKING TOURS which can be scheduled at any time (as long as a tour guide is available). The same per person rates apply with a minimum fee of $50 per tour.          

   Corliss - Monument Restoration 

Monument Restoration                        

"Tomorrow's Canopy" Newsletter
Click HERE to download a PDF of our 21-page "Tomorrow's Canopy" Newsletter (Fall 2015-16) about our exciting "Go Fund Me" campaign to raise funds for 200 new trees to replace about half of the trees killed by the Emerald Ash Borer beetles. Each new tree is $300, which includes the purchase, planting, and care provided by youth that we'll hire to just for that purpose. We have the professional landscape planting plans in hand and before the end of 2015 we'll be ordering the first 100 trees to be planted in 2016! Please consider a donation to our campaign! In memory or in honor of someone perhaps? Or just because you love trees! All contributions are tax-deductible and no amount is too small!

Helen Link and Her Daffodils

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 For additional information about Crown Hill, please check us out on the VISIT INDY website!

"As a cemetery it is unique in Indiana, for its size and the historical context it provides to the families it serves and to Indianapolis. As an outdoor museum and park it is a place of reflection and education for thousands of visitors who come to it each year. There is no other property, in this city or state that, offers the pastoral tranquility and texture it does. Dignity, reverence, and peace are among many other words that define Crown Hill."