Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery, Indianapolis

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Crown Hill National Cemetery is a U.S. National Cemetery located in the city of Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. It was established in 1866 on Section 10 at Crown Hill Cemetery, a privately owned cemetery on the city's northwest side. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Cemetery encompasses and serves as a burial site for Union soldiers who fought in the American Civil War.Indianapolis did not have a cemetery specifically designated as a burial ground for Union soldiers until the National Cemetery was established at Crown Hill. Soldiers who died at Indianapolis were initially buried at the city’s Greenlawn Cemetery. The remains of the first Union soldier from Greenlawn were interred at the National Cemetery at Crown Hill on October 19, 1866. By November 1866 the bodies of 707 soldiers had been moved from Greenlawn to Crown Hill. The first burial of a Union veteran in the National Cemetery took place on October 7, 1869. The last Union veteran burial in Crown Hill's National Cemetery took place on November 16, 1898. As of December 31, 1998, the National Cemetery had 795 interments.The National Cemetery contains individually marked graves and commemorative memorials, including a stone monument that was dedicated on May 30, 1889. Three bronze plaques installed on the National Cemetery’s grounds provide verses from Theodore O'Hara's "Bivouac of the Dead". Another plaque is inscribed with text of the federal Act, approved in 1864, that establishes and protects the National Cemeteries. Crown Hill Cemetery, including the military cemetery, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 28, 1973. A separate listing for the Crown Hill was added to the National Register on April 29, 1999. The last Union veteran burial in Crown Hill's National Cemetery took place on November 16, 1898. The National Cemetery at Crown Hill is managed by the Marion National Cemetery.
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  • After visiting the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site with my wife we drove over to Crown Hill Cemetery to view Benjamin Harrison's grave. The entrance is beautiful and the array of grave sites is fa...  more »
  • My wife has an ancestor buried there at the confederate memorial. It was a very special time to reflect on the hardships that caused him to be buried there. The grounds are well kept up and easy to lo...  more »
  • We spent time in here Geocaching but there is art and President Harrison's burial site as well. I wasn't expecting such an amazing entrance and a great church on the grounds. Perfect place for history...  more »
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  • I had a mostly awesome experience after the death of my beloved mother two months ago. There were a few hiccups but they have for the most part been resolved. The service and presentation were stunning. Our attendant Vanessa Conley was EXCEPTIONALLY fantastic we love her!!! I would recommend Crown Hill to anyone. The package of mementos and bereavement support information sent home with the family is incredibly useful! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
  • The people working in the office were so kind to help me locate a headstone I was looking for. They had photocopied plot maps ready and even went so far as to use their database to identify some of the headstones along the road that could guide my way and marked them on the map for me. They were happy to make small talk and didn't rush me out of the office. The cemetery itself was beautiful and well-kept. None of the headstones I saw were overgrown or had the kind of damage that comes from careless groundskeepers.
  • A vast cemetery with some very intricate gravesites. Their website has a search engine so you can find plots easily.
  • As weird as it sounds, the Crown Hill Cemetery is a great spot to catch a view of downtown Indianapolis- the gravesite of James Whitcomb Riley is actually the highest point in pre-unigov Indianapolis.
  • Beautiful cemetery with very attentive grounds-keeping employees.

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