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Mount Vernon Cemetery – April 2023 Tour
On April 15, 2023, historian Brandon Zimmerman led a walking tour of Historic Mount Vernon Cemetery. Also on the tour was cemetery enthusiast Josh Pincus. Click here to read his history of the cemetery. And click here for more of his photos.
The cemetery comprises about 23 acres and is the final resting place of 33,000 people. It was established in 1856 in competition with its neighbor, Laurel Hill Cemetery, as part of the “Rural Cemetery” movement that held sway in the United States in the decades preceding the Civil War. While smaller than the 87-acre, Laurel Hill, Mt. Vernon is historically and architecturally significant. Both institutions’ gatehouses were designed by leading architect and landscape gardener John Notman. The cemetery, now undergoing restoration, is the resting place of John Barrymore and other notables. Click here to learn more about the cemetery and restoration efforts.
Below are photos taken by EFHS members on the tour. Click any one to start the slide show.
The Grace Kelly Gallery at NewCourtland
The Apartments at Henry Avenue
3232 Henry Avenue [Click for Google Map]
Monday to Friday, 10 to 5.
Ask at the security desk to see the gallery.
Grace Kelly artifacts – movie posters, dolls dressed in costumes from Grace’s films, photographs, plates and textiles designed by Grace, and many signed Christmas cards and letters.
Methodist Episcopal Church “Daisy Quilt”
This quilt, about 6 ½ feet square, is embroidered with an image of the church, surrounded by 32 daisies. Within the daisies are more than 600 names, all hand-stitched.
Click here for “EF Historical Society solves mystery of ‘Daisy Quilt’” from East Falls NOW.
Click here for the “Daisy Quilt” page.