Homewood Cemetery: Exploring Pittsburgh’s Final Resting Place

Homewood Cemetery is a beautiful gothic cemetery nestled between Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill and Point Breeze neighborhoods. Established in 1878, this rural-garden style cemetery is the final resting place for many of Pittsburgh’s most who’s whos, including steel magnate Henry Clay Frick, as well as war veterans from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and World Wars I and II. It also contains the graves of other famous Pittsburghers, such as several Heinz scions and several Pittsburgh mayors and Pennsylvania senators.

The cemetery covers more than 200 acres of rolling hills, dense forests, and sprawling meadows, and it is a great place to explore. Winding roads and pathways throughout the cemetery wind around the many monuments and sculptures here.

The monuments range from the grand mausoleums of the Carnegie and Frick families to the smaller headstones of not-so-famous people. There is also an abundance of wildlife, including birds, foxes, and deer, making the cemetery a great spot for birdwatching or nature photography.

Homewood Cemetery is also a great spot for a picnic or a quiet stroll. And there’s no need to fear ghosts. Despite many rumors about Homewood Cemetery being haunted, no one has confirmed the stories. In general, you’ll find that Homewood Cemetery, a peaceful and serene place to visit. There are several picturesque spots around the cemetery, including a gazebo, a pond and a meadow. Visitors can also explore the nearby trails and woods, or just sit and relax in the peaceful atmosphere.

Know Before You Go

Getting there: 1599 S Dallas Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 
Hours: daylight
Website: Homewood

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deer surrounded by tomstones in Homewood Cemetery

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