10 Historic Graveyard Tours Across America

Celebrate Halloween with a guided walk through some of the most storied burial grounds.

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Celebrate Halloween with a guided walk through some of the most storied burial grounds.

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New Orleans, LA

Founded in 1789, St. Louis No. 1 is the oldest exisiting cemetery in New Orleans. Tour its maze of above-ground vaults and tombs, all squeezed into one square block near the French Quarter. (October 1-31; )

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Atlanta, GA

Open after dark for just nine nights in October, Oakland Cemetery unlocks Gothic-style mausoleums during its Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours. (October 23-31; )

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Evan Nichols
Portland, OR

At Lone Fir Cemetery, candles light the way to 19th-century tombstones. (Guided art and epitaph tour, Oct. 3; historical tour, Oct. 10, )

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Brooklyn, NY

Green-Wood Cemetery packs a doubly historical punch: Not only is it the spot where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776, it's also the burial site of beloved composer Leonard Bernstein and numerous other famous New Yorkers. Some call it the "most historic 478 acres in the city." (Trolley tours year-round; Nighttime tours Oct. 24-25, )

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Sleepy Hollow, NY

Pay your respects to Washington Irving — and go inside a vault — at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. (October 1-31; )

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Savannah, GA

The hauntingly beautiful , dripping with Spanish moss, is part natural cathedral, part sculptural garden. (October 11-12; )

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Courtesy of Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cambridge, MA

Founded in 1831, Mount Auburn Cemetery is the burial site of nearly 100,000 individuals, including Civil War veterans and some of New England's most influential artists, writers, inventors, and scientists. Do a self-guided visit or book a group tour, available seven days a week through October and Mon.-Sat. starting in November through March. ()

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Elmira, NY

is the final resting place for famed American author Mark Twain, as well as dozens of Confederate soldiers who died in Elmira's prisoner camp during the Civil War. Bring a cigar and a nip of whiskey — Twain fans have been known to leave the mementos of the wordsmith's favorite pastimes on his grave. (For information, check out )

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Doylestown, PA

More than 200 Civil War soldiers, including members of the U.S. Colored Troops, are buried at Historic Doylestown Cemetery. Hear their stories during a special "war tour" on Oct. 24 or opt for the Halloween version. (Oct. 31, )

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Sacramento, CA

Established in 1849, Sacramento City Cemetery (the oldest one in Sactown!) is full of dramatic statues, Victorian garden-style plots, and the remains of mayors, governors, war veterans, and Cholera victims. The cemetery committee's walking tours by lantern are an excellent way to see the grave sites after dark. (October dates TBA; )

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