The Homewood Cemetery is pleased to offer two walking tours. The tours described below are offered in the summer, from August through the first week of November. Tours will be offered on alternating Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Taking it With You
Features Section 14 of The Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh’s most prestigious neighborhood. Situated on one of the highest hills of the cemetery, Section 14 is the permanent residence of the Heinz, Benedum, Frick, Mellon families, and other prominent citizens of the 19th and 20th centuries. The monuments of Section 14 feature examples of 19th century architecture, ironwork, stained glass, sculpture and landscape design of a quality hard to find in the living city. Taking It With You is an hour long and features biographical information as well as discussion of the monuments and landscape.
Angels and Obelisks
Explores the symbolism found in American memorial art and landscapes. The focus on symbolism allows for a discussion of the many different classes, cultures, and religions found among the 70,000 people who have made The Homewood Cemetery their final home. From a turn of the century Chinese cemetery to a forty-foot pyramid, Angels and Obelisks offers a unique opportunity to examine some of the most intriguing works of art in Pittsburgh.
Admission to the tours is $5.00 per person payable at the cemetery. Proceeds benefit the preservation and educational efforts of The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund. Both tours require significant walking on and off road. Neither tour is handicap accessible.