10 of the Most Magnificent Cemeteries in America

When we think of cemeteries we often think of depressing things such as death or spooky things like ghosts. However, cemeteries are not necessarily sad or scary places – they are places that are steeped in fascinating history and really have a story to tell. They are also the final resting place for many iconic people that have passed on over the centuries. America is home to many cemeteries, many of which are truly fascinating and magnificent such as the ones listed below.

1: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown, New York

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown, New York
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This is a cemetery with a rich and fascinating history and it is steeped in legend and folklore. Many of us have heard about the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman in the Legend of Sleepy Hollow from writer Washington Irving and he is just one of the well known people that call this cemetery their final resting place. Others include Elizabeth Arden and Andrew Carnegie. This is a cemetery where you can take a walk on the dark side with lantern lit tours at night time coupled with spooky takes to send a shiver down your spine.

Address: 540 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

2: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Massachusetts

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Massachusetts
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While it may have the same name as the cemetery in Tarrytown, this particular Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is known for quite a different reason. Rather than being at the centre of folklore and legend, it is something of a literary shrine with an area known as Author’s Ridge, which is hugely popular with visitors. This is where you will find some of the most famous writers and thinkers in the history of the United States, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott of ‘Little Women’ fame.

Address: 34 Bedford St, Concord, MA 01742
Website: www.nps.gov

3: Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York

Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York
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When it comes to cultural history, the Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, New York is one that you should definitely visit. This is the place where many people involved in America’s cultural scene are buried, including Miles Davis and Irving Berlin. In addition to its cultural links, this cemetery is also known for its ghosts and at Halloween you can even take spooky walking tours where you can find out more about the supernatural stories connected to Woodlawn.

Address: 517 E 233rd St, Bronx, NY 10470

4: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Spanning 78 acres, this cemetery came to be after a local Quaker, John Jay Smith, decided that he wanted somewhere more fitting for his daughter’s burial than a local churchyard. His vision resulted in a burial place that is not only filled with natural beauty but is also serene and tranquil. In the late 1990s, the cemetery was designated a National Historic Landmark and it is filled with tens of thousands of monuments.

Address: 3822 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132

5: Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Spencer Means

Once a rice plantation, this cemetery is the resting place of thousands of veterans of the Civil War amongst others. You will also find the tombs of many well known people from the history of Charleston at Magnolia, which is one of 3 cemeteries that are within close proximity to one another. Every October there are also Confederate Ghost Walks held here and even evening re-enactments that are carried out by candlelight.

Address: 70 Cunnington Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

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