Looking for a weird place to take a date? How about a lovely spring outing? Cemeteries offer rolling green hills within city limits, plus sculptures, historic sites, and a spooky vibe. Even though it's not Halloween, these seven cemeteries are worth checking out.Read More
Seven of Philly's Best Morbid Picnic Spots
1. Christ Church Cemetery
No list of Philly cemetaries would be complete without the burial ground of Philly's philandering forefather, Benjamin Franklin. Though he himself was not a Christian, he's buried in one of the city's most historic church cemetaries. Visitors and tourists throw pennies on his grave in commemoration of his saying, "A penny saved is a penny earned".
2. Old Pine Cemetary
Philadelphia, PA 19106
If you look closely at the gravestones in this cemetary, you'll notice bulletholes from when British soldiers took over the church and used tombstones for target practice. The Old Pine Street Church itself was constructed in 1764, and is one of the oldest Presbyterian Churches in Philly.
3. Mount Moriah Cemetery
Mount Moriah Cemetery occupies a sprawling 380 acres at the western edge of the city. The cemetery is technically closed, trapped in legal limbo, and in a state of disrepair. It's also one of the most beautiful open spaces within city limits. [Photo from Abandoned but not Forgotten]
4. Laurel Hill Cemetery
Philadelphia, PA 19132
Much like Mount Moriah, Laurel Hill Cemetery is a pastoral burial ground where Philadelphia's famous and ordinary citizens are buried side by side. The gatehouse was built in 1835, the cemetery offers stunning views of the Schuylkill River, and Frank Furness is buried here.
5. The Woodlands Cemetery
Located right across from the 40th Street trolley portal, the Woodlands is conveniently located to transit, expansive, and historic. The cemetery was established in 1840 and is still an active burial ground today.
6. Mikveh Israel Cemetery
The Mikveh Israel Cemetery was established in 1740 and is the oldest physical evidence of Jewish life in Philadelphia. Haym Salomon, who was a key figure in the American Revolution, is buried there.
7. Hood Cemetery
Established in 1692, this is one of the oldest cemeteries in Philadelphia, and one of the oldest historical sites in Germantown. The stone gate was put up in 1842 by William Hood.