Conference Cemetery Tours Info


Cemetery Tour to Limestone Country

Central Indiana is known for race cars, Hoosier hospitality and limestone. Many of the limestone buildings in America are made of stone from the Indiana quarries. More importantly for AGS members, limestone is used as one of the primary materials in the creation of gravestones. In addition, this material has also brought to the area carvers who worked in the quarries and shops. This cemetery tour will take you by a quarry to see just how massive an operation can be. From there, we'll head toGreen Hill Cemetery in Bedford, Indiana. Founded in 1889, Green Hill consists of over 20 acres of rolling hills near the center of town.

One of the most distinctive stones found in Indiana is the tree stump tombstone, dating from about 1895-1935. While they can be found in many cemeteries throughout the United States, there are many significant examples in south central Indiana, 26 of which are here in Green Hill. They are not molded pieces, but rather hand carved by skilled stone carvers. Tree stump tombstones are rich with symbolism, and many motifs show up time and again. 

From Bedford, we'll travel north to Bloomington, home of Indiana University, and visit Rose Hill Cemetery. Rose Hill Cemetery encompasses 28 acres. We'll see tree stump tombstones, monuments for local dignitaries, and the typical iconography found in many other Hoosier cemeteries.

Tour of the Rural Crown Hill Cemetery 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1863 landscaped designed rural cemetery has served Indianapolis area families for more than 150 years. Designed by landscape architect John Chislett of Pittsburgh, the over 555 acre cemetery has become an icon and "Crown" of the capital city. From monuments for leading figures in Indiana history, to the segregated, unmarked section for African Americans, to new monuments highlighting the newest trends in gravestone design, you'll see it all at Crown Hill. The cemetery contains 25 miles of paved road, over 150 species of trees and plants, and over 200,000 graves. You can spend the day walking this architectural and cultural gem. 

Tour of Cave Hill Cemetery (Louisville, KY)

About 2 hours south, just over the Ohio River in Kentucky, we'll visit one of the rural-cemetery gems of the Ohio Valley.  Cave Hill has been blessed by a succession of competent and innovative landscape gardeners, and Louisville has been a regional center for monument makers. The result is a rural, garden-style cemetery which has always been considered a model to emulate.

Cave Hill Cemetery, over 296 acres in extent, is known for its exquisite collection of monumental art, many examples of which are over 150 years old. Additionally, the cemetery currently features more than 500 species of trees and shrubs. Along with being a cemetery, it is well known as an arboretum.

This cemetery is not for the weak. The name Cave "Hill" is appropriate. There are many hills in this cemetery, so wear your walking shoes and be prepared for steep hills and uneven ground. 

Details and registration information about the conference will be posted in upcoming issues of the AGS Quarterly, e-newsletters and on our conference page


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