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Old City Cemetery-The Chapel, Columbarium & Scatter Garden

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Old City Cemetery Chapel

Chapel and Columbarium at Old City Cemetery

Last January we started our series about Lynchburg, Virginia’s Old City Cemetery.  We have highlighted it’s buildings and museums, events and activities and what a treasure this unique spot is to Lynchburg.  This post will be our last in this series, but don’t fret, as special events or activities are hosted at Old City Cemetery we will feature them so that you might participate.

The Chapel is the Cemetery’s newest museum.  Completed in 2006 to mark the bicentenary of the Cemetery this unique and beautiful chapel is the perfect setting for weddings, memorial services, recitals, lectures and other special occasions.  The chapel honors religious leaders buried at the Old City Cemetery since 1806.  The building is modeled after two Central Virginia chapels.  Ivy Chapel Union Church has been replicated on the Cemetery grounds using almost all of it’s building materials from the Hermon Methodist Church in Appomattox, which was dismantled and transported to Lynchburg.  The pews, pulpit, piano, preacher’s chair and attendance bowl had been left in the decaying Hermon Methodist Church.  They are now safely housed in the Chapel.  Original light fixtures were reproduced.  A bell tower was added to the building.  The bell was especially cast by Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, who had cast both the Liberty Bell and Big Ben.

On the lower level of the Chapel is the Columbarium.  Providing 288 niches and twelve crypts this very special room is a comfort to many who have a beautiful place to visit with their loved ones.  The focal point of the Columbarium is the terracotta “Peace” medallion set into the stone arch, a floor constructed of historic brick pavers from old sidewalks in inner-city Lynchburg and hand-rubbed German beech niche covers.  Both niches and crypts are available to the general public.

Adjacent to the Chapel and Columbarium you will find the Scatter Garden.  Since 1996 the scattering of cremated remains has been permitted in the natural dell that adjoins the Butterfly Garden and Lotus Pond.  When a beloved pet has died the ashes may be scattered within a garden setting on the bluff overlooking the Lotus Pond, Chapel and dovecote.

To learn more about the fees associated with the use of the Chapel and any of the various final resting places for loved ones please contact the Cemetery Office at 434.847.1465.  These locations are open daily from dawn to dusk, as are all of the Cemetery grounds.