Founded in 1836 by John Jay Smith and partners Nathan Dunn, Benjamin W. Richards and Frederick Brown, Laurel Hill is an oasis of beauty and tranquility in an otherwise bustling Philadelphia. Conceived in an era when most cemeteries were located on church grounds, Laurel Hill was notable for its lack of direct religious affiliation. It is a scenic and restful location, overlooking the Schuylkill River on the northside of the city, and the final resting place of many notable Philadelphia families as well as General George Meade and 39 other Civil War generals and six Titanic victims. The funerary art on the grounds yields a breathtaking array of sculpture and architectural diversity and even a gray and rainy day could not dampen the equisite grandeur to be found here.
Sadly, a bit of the current city surroundings look over the shoulders of the dearly departed