A love of history and stories of human accomplishment inspires all antiques enthusiasts. An antique may be lovely or unusual and look great in our home, but it also speaks to us of different places and times, and most importantly, the people who owned or created that piece. West Laurel Hill Cemetery is a unique place to experience history – a window into the lives of famous and not-so-famous 19th, 20th and 21st century Philadelphians.

West Laurel Hill Cemetery, located in suburban Bala Cynwyd, was incorporated in 1869, after its well-known sister cemetery Laurel Hill could expand no further. A few of the well-known luminaries of Philadelphia’s arts and society who found their final rest at West Laurel Hill:

Alexander Stirling Calder, sculptor;
Dr. John Thompson Dorrance, inventor of Campbell’s Soup;
Catherine Drinker Bowen, writer;
Theodore D. Pendergrass, musician;
John B. Stetson, hat manufacturer;
Horace Trumbauer, architect.

West Laurel Hill is also an arboretum, sculpture garden, cultural treasure, and genealogical research resource, and is less than 30 minutes from The Main Line Antiques Show at Cabrini University. Open to the public, the cemetery can be visited year-round. Directions, hours and other details to help you plan your visit can be found at: http://forever-care.com/history.php