Talking with the Dead: Spirits and Spiritualists of Laurel Hill East



Laurel Hill East

People have been trying to communicate with the dead since ancient times. This desire sprang up anew in mid-19th century America, shortly after the founding of Laurel Hill East. Spiritualism, as this movement came to be called, featured intermediaries or mediums, who promised they could summon departed souls and establish communication with the living through a series of knocks, called spirit rapping. Spiritualism spread rapidly; after all, who wouldn’t want to communicate with dead ancestors, family members, or friends? Philadelphia was a center for spiritualist activity, and some who played a prominent role are buried at Laurel Hill. This tour will visit the graves of believers and doubters. Which are you?

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.