Crown Hill cemetery has been around since the days of the Civil War. There are a ton of famous people buried on the grounds - from General Jefferson Davis, to outlaw John Dillinger, to President Benjamin Harrison. Aside from the famous folks interred there, we'd heard that the grounds are absolutely beautiful, and the cemetery offers tours during the warm months, so last July we set off to see what this place was all about.
The rumors were true - the cemetery was a truly gorgeous place! Aside from being surrounded by mosquitoes, we had a fabulous time walking through some of the best parts of Crown Hill. It's so large, they offer several different tours - we didn't even see a quarter of the property. We also got to see a few deer who must live in the woods on the grounds.
The cemetery also boasts the highest hill in Marion County, where poet James Whitcomb Riley's tomb stands. The tour leads up the moderately steep climb to the top just about as the sun is setting for the evening. And it really does offer a beautiful view of Indianapolis' downtown skyline. Being that it was just a week after the 4th of July when we took our tour, we also got to see a bit of a fireworks show from the top of the hill.