Auld Lang Syne: Scots of Laurel Hill East



Laurel Hill East

In the 19th Century, Scottish citizens made a significant contribution to our country, city, and even Laurel Hill ! At 26 years old, Scottish immigrant John Notman, rose above more established architects, like Thomas Ustick Walter, and won the design commission of the cemetery and some of its monuments. Notman now rests a stone’s throw away from the Gatehouse he designed. This tour will acquaint you with Notman and other famous and infamous Scots of days gone by like the cantankerous signer of the Declaration of Independence, Bonny Prince Charlie’s surgeon who became the hero of the Battle of Princeton, the craftsman responsible for George Washington’s tomb at Mt. Vernon, and many more.

Tour Guide: Peter Howell


  • $17/General Admission (Ages 13 and up)
  • $15/Seniors (Ages 65+) and Students with ID
  • $12/Members of the Friends of Laurel Hill
  • $8.50/Youth (Ages 6-12)
  • $1.90/Access Card Holders (can purchase up to 4 tickets) **
  • Free/Ages 5 and under

** Access Card + Valid Photo I.D. must be presented at check-in.

Please note – youth and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Advanced ticket purchases are strongly encouraged!


This tour departs from Laurel Hill East’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Information on directions, parking, and visiting guidelines are linked here to better plan your visit.