August 03, 2018
There was once a time when eating and relaxing among the dead was a national pastime.
Before the existence of public parks, many 19th-century Americans picnicked in their local cemeteries.
It might seem strange to us today, but for Victorians, the graveyard was the hot spot to go for a lunch date.
At Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, which was founded in 1836, people would picnic, take strolls, go on carriage rides and sightsee.
Today, the cemetery continues to be a recreational destination by hosting a variety of events on the grounds. On Saturday, Aug. 25, there will be a guided walking tour and group picnic at Laurel Hill.
Spend the morning enjoying the grounds, just as the Victorians did.
Those who plan on attending should purchase a ticket, and remember to pack a picnic and bring a blanket.
Laurel Hill also suggests dressing in Victorian-themed attire to really get into the spirit of the unique event.
Saturday, Aug. 25
10 a.m. | $12-$15 per person
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19132