Support the Friends

With your support of The Friends of Laurel Hill, we can continue to produce high quality programming; restore monuments and reset headstones; keep our grounds well maintained; and continue to open our historic gates seven days a week with free admission for all.

Friends of
Laurel Hill

In 1978, Drayton and Jane Smith and John Francis Marion founded the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery at Laurel Hill East, and in 2018, the Friends expanded over to Laurel Hill West to become the Friends of Laurel Hill. The Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and their mission is to assist the Laurel Hill East and West Cemetery Companies in preserving and promoting the historical character of Laurel Hill Cemeteries.

In addition to developing and implementing educational programs at the Cemeteries, the Friends produce special events, including Laurel Hill’s famous Halloween festivities, and offer both public and private tours of the sites, often in collaboration with local schools, nonprofit groups, and historical organizations.

The Friends focus their work in three areas:

  • Prepare, implement, and promote educational programming, public outreach initiatives, and research resources that emphasize the historical, aesthetic, architectural, and cultural significance of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries
  • Foster and support the restoration and preservation of the Cemeteries’ monuments, statuary, historic buildings, and grounds
  • Raise funds and seek contributed services to accomplish these goals


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Annual Fund

Your donation to the Friends’ Annual Fund will help us continue the important work of protecting, preserving, and promoting our historic grounds — Laurel Hill East and Laurel Hill West Cemeteries.

Your gift of membership helps ensure both our historic grounds remain open, well-maintained, and welcoming to the public today and for future generations to come.

Keep Up with the Friends of Laurel Hill

The Friends' e-newsletter keeps you up-to-date on upcoming events, preservation projects, invitations to special programs, and more.

Show your love of our cemeteries by supporting one of our Special Projects.

Through your bequest or other planned gifts, you can ensure that the Friends of Laurel Hill will continue to fulfill its mission.

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Volunteer opportunities

The Friends of Laurel Hill are always looking for dedicated and motivated volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.

Gift Shop

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