Southern Memorial Association/Old City Cemetery

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Board Development
  • Community
  • Environment


401 TAYLOR STLYNCHBURG, VA 24501 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To make Old City Cemetery a sustainable and enduring landmark that engages and educates the greater Lynchburg community and beyond, through it’s history and horticulture.


On the National Register of Historic Places since 1973.

Old City Cemetery is an extraordinary 27-acre public garden, "history park," and wedding venue located in the heart of Lynchburg, Virginia. Despite being an active place of burial and remembrance, it is one of the busiest and most popular attractions in the City. With more than 33,000 visitors annually, it is the most visited historic site in the City today.

Established in 1806, Old City Cemetery is the oldest municipal cemetery in Virginia still in use today. A village of five small museums helps to tell the stories of the diverse population of nearly 20,000 buried here. The grounds are also filled with hundreds of varieties of native and heirloom plants, including the largest public collection of antique roses in the state of Virginia. In 2022, we became a Level II Accredited Arboretum through ArbNet, and our grounds feature over 600 trees and about 121 labelled species.

Our gates are open dawn to dusk, every day of the year. We invite you to visit and explore a cemetery like no other.


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