Out of the Closet & Into the Crypt



Laurel Hill East

Most Laurel Hill East residents lived at a time when it was illegal and/or unsafe to be out as an LGBTQ+ person.  Sexual orientation was not mentioned in obituaries, or in cemetery records.  Nonetheless, Laurel Hill East has always had queer residents and we will meet some of them on this tour from lesbian artists and a cross-dressing cleric to 21st-century gay activists.

Tour Guide: Pat Rose


  • $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.