13 of the Most Famous & Fascinating Cemeteries in the U.S.

Which of these famous cemeteries are you absolutely dying to see? Get the details on some of the country's most interesting graveyards.

Published July 20, 2023

Do you find yourself humming "Grim Grinning Ghosts" while scrolling through stunning cemetery shots? Or perhaps you appreciate the natural, eerie beauty of a cemetery, and you want to daydream about strolling through a graveyard.

These famous cemeteries will appease every ghost, goblin, and human -- and these places are just dying for you to visit.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery


More than just a resting place for A-Listers and those who have never once appeared on the silver screen at its start in 1899, today the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is a destination for those who visit Hollywood. The site of movie screenings and live music, the living dance, sing, and practice yoga among the dead at this historical cemetery.

As for a list of those interred? It goes on and on; luckily, you can explore those sites from your couch.

Mount Hope Cemetery


Sliding to the East coast, you'll find historical and sprawling Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York. Spread over 196 acres, you'll find tombstones, modest gravestones, and ornate mausoleums.

Tucked between trees and paths are the graves of notable and iconic names: Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, John Jacob Bausch, and Henry Lomb. You won't find George Eastman, however, as he's further north, buried at the Eastman Business Park.

Graceland Cemetery


No, this isn't the Graceland where you'll find Elvis Presley. Graceland Cemetery takes up 120 acres near the shore of Lake Michigan, but the cemetery boasts its own reflecting pond.

A rambling property with gravestones and gardens, this graveyard gained a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001, just 141 years after its gates first opened. Among the gravestones, you'll find baseball player Ernie Banks, film critic Roger Ebert, and George Pullman.

Arlington National Cemetery


Beginning as an estate in the 1800s, it was in 1864 that Arlington National Cemetery became official. What was once just 200 acres of land, today the cemetery spans almost 640 acres in Washington, D.C. In 1921, Arlington became home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You'll only find two presidents here: William Howard Taft and JFK.

Green-Wood Cemetery


Brooklyn is home to the historic Green-Wood Cemetery since its founding in 1838. With 478 acres of hills and land, the cemetery was a destination for families to picnic and would one day be an inspiration for the creation of the New York public parks system. It's a storied plot of land, as a battle of the Revolutionary War was fought on that very space. Of course, those buried there are famous in their own right: Horace Greeley, William Colgate, Leonard Bernstein, the Wizard of Oz himself, Frank Morgan.

Woodlawn Cemetery


From Brooklyn to the Bronx, at the top of New York City you'll find Woodlawn Cemetery. With 400 acres of land, it's home to remains from other disinterred cemeteries throughout NYC, British, Canadian, and American servicemen, and has a spot on the National Historic Landmark registry. Among those who are interred here include Duke Ellington, Dorothy Parker, and Irving Berlin.

Bonaventure Cemetery


Just outside of Savannah, you'll find Bonaventure Cemetery. When you close your eyes and imagine a sprawling, southern gothic cemetery with Spanish moss hanging from trees, shady gravestones, and warm air -- you're all but picturing Bonaventure. At 160 acres, it may not be the largest cemetery, but its beauty is what makes it singular.

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery


Yes, that very Sleepy Hollow in which Ichabod Crane stepped foot. In Sleepy Hollow, New York, you'll find that this cemetery shares ties with Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, after Leona Helmsley had her husband's body moved further upstate.

Sleepy Hollow also shares a famous neighbor, rubbing elbows with the Rockefeller Estate, and, coincidentally, the Rockefeller family's own cemetery. However, it's Sleepy Hollow that is home to Andrew Carnegie, Washington Irving, and Elizabeth Arden.

Mount Auburn Cemetery


Just outside of Boston in Cambridge, you'll find Mount Auburn Cemetery. The very first garden cemetery, you'll find Boston Elites, or Boston Brahmins, among the earliest gravestones. You can thank Mount Auburn Cemetery for the cemetery we know today, in fact. Even the Green-Wood and Mount Hope cemeteries owe their design to Mount Auburn. Among those you can find buried here are Dorothea Dix, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, B.F. Skinner, and Isabella Stewart Gardner.

Trinity Church Cemetery


Trinity Church shot back into the spotlight with Hamilton's "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story." Which is fitting, as Alexander Hamilton is among those buried at the small churchyard in Lower Manhattan.

However, Trinity's burial ground also includes a plot of land several blocks away as well as in Upper Manhattan. Across the three urban burial grounds, you can find several members of the Hamilton family, including that of Philip Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, Hercules Mulligan, and Ralph Ellison.

Granary Burying Ground


In the heart of Boston on Tremont Street, you'll find the Granary Burying Ground. A tiny spread of land compared to other famous cemeteries, the small two-acre park is star-studded with patriots of the Revolutionary War. Surrounded on three sides by buildings, including a pre-school, this cemetery has a particularly soft spot in my heart, as it is the perfect place to wander when you have some extra time on your hands when you're exploring downtown Boston, and my favorite shady spot to wander aimlessly among the gravestones.

Older than the country, the headstones date back to the 1660s. And despite the 2,300 markers you find, there could be double that buried there. The most famous markers you'll find include Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and a little-known man by the name of Paul Revere.

Saint Louis Cemetery


No, you won't be heading to Missouri to check out the Saint Louis graveyard, you're headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. Most of the tombs you'll find lining this cemetery are from the 1700s and 1800s, and that's because it's the oldest and most famous of the cemeteries you'll find in the Big Easy.

Before the Saint Louis No. 1, you would've found the St. Peter Cemetery, but after a fire, the Saint Louis was established. Among those laid to rest, it's rumored that high priestess Marie Laveau can be found there, along with Delphine LaLaurie, Homer Plessy, and one day, possibly even Nicolas Cage.

Old Burying Point


The name Old Burying Point, even Charter Street Cemetery, gives you no hints about it's location, but it's in an infamous New England town: Salem, Massachusetts. What makes this particular cemetery so fascinating? Not only is this plot the oldest cemetery in Salem, still maintained to this day, but you'll notice a few names that jump off the pages of books and into life.

You'll find John Hathorne, a magistrate who presided over the Salem witch trials and questioned both Bridget Bishop and Rebecca Nurse, as well as the future Nathaniel Hawthorne's great-great grandfather, along with Bartholomew Gedney. You'll also find a humble gravestone marking the resting spot of Mary Corey, the second wife of Giles Corey, although Giles Corey's resting place remains a mystery. As for his third wife? Martha Corey's resting place is unknown, although a monument stands in their memory.

Famous Cemeteries You're Dying to See


Come, take a walk among the spirits and gravestones, as you wander some of the most famous and popular cemeteries across the United States. Don't worry too much about the whispers or the cold breezes gently swirling about you. That's just those gone before us merely saying hello.

13 of the Most Famous & Fascinating Cemeteries in the U.S.