Homewood Cemetery. Photo courtesy of Homewood Cemetery.

Homewood Cemetery
August 27
Noon — 4 p.m.

Get to know one of Pittsburgh’s most legendary historic landmarks when Homewood Cemetery swings open its gates to host the fourth annual Founders’ Day Celebration.

Courtesy Homewood Cemetery.

Free and family-friendly—with a bit of lighthearted macabre fun tossed in—this year’s festivities will highlight the new theme of transportation.

Families can take trolley tours to and from The Frick Pittsburgh‘s Car and Carriage Museum, check out vintage hearses from The Pittsburgh Professional Car Association, and buy lunch from the Popsburgh and Gaucho Parrilla Argentina food trucks.

Don’t miss the Train Collectors’ Association’s Kid’s Club area, featuring an extensive model train display in the cemetery’s Chapel and Hospitality Room.

Next, pop into the genealogy booth to look for relatives in the cemetery and receive tips on conducting your own family research. You can also vie for prizes in the silent auction led by Steel City Roller Derby skaters, and enjoy live performances by The Beagle Brothers and Chiodi Trio.

The celebration will include a presentation of images from Carnegie Museum of Art’s Teenie Harris Archive highlighting automobiles from past decades, as well as an illustrated talk by John Schalcosky, who runs the popular Facebook page, The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating History of Pittsburgh.

Courtesy Homewood Cemetery.

Stroll among the tombstones within the final resting place for countless notable locals, such as industrialists Henry Clay Frick and H. J. Heinz II, U.S. Senator Henry John Heinz III, jazz legend Erroll Garner, photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, Pittsburgh Mayor Henry P. Ford, and many more.

There is so much more to experience in Homewood Cemetery than tombstones. The event will also showcase the many natural and artistic wonders of the landmark—which is a certified arboretum containing 40-plus tree species, sweeping vistas, scenic landscapes, meandering roads, mature botanical specimens, a spring-fed pond, and more.

Attendees will also view some of Pittsburgh’s finest works of art and architecture—including wrought iron, sculpture, stonework and stained glass. Must-see spots include the English Tudor-Gothic stone chapel, half-timbered carriage house, remnants of an original early 19th-century stable and blacksmith shop, and ornate wrought-iron gates and fencing.

One of the country’s earliest professionally designed cemeteries—and the only Lawn Park-style example in western Pennsylvania—the 138-year-old landmark was founded in 1878 in Point Breeze and is bordered by Frick Park, Squirrel Hill, and Smithfield Cemetery.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...