|A Glimpse of the Cemetery Credit: Homewood Cemetery|
There it was all these years – a Pittsburgh gem that had escaped my notice. It took a wonderful concert by Resonance Works Pittsburgh held in Homewood Cemetery’s lovely chapel one evening to introduce me to this historic landmark incorporated way back in 1878. Located at 1599 S. Dallas Avenue in Pittsburgh, the cemetery is one I’d driven by many time with hardly a notice.
It took a guided tour of a small section of the cemetery that was included in the concert to open my eyes to the cemetery’s historic significance and bucolic Lawn Park landscape and architectural beauty. Who knew the remains of some many of Pittsburgh’s most illustrious residents are buried there?
Led by knowledgeable director of programming, Jennie Benford, I joined a rather large group of concertgoers for a quick tour before the concert. The place is amazing and Benford brings it to life. (No pun intended).
Accordning to the cemetery's website thehomewoodcemetery.com the cemetery has always been more than just a final resting place. It is a quiet refuge for joggers and lunchtime patrons. It is visited by bird watchers, students of all ages and disciplines and professional groups of all kinds. It is a ‘living’ museum, rich with a historic Lawn Park landscape and architecturally significant buildings and monuments. It is filled with the histories of generations of distinguished men and women who made considerable contributions to the history of Pittsburgh and America.
In the near future I plan to go back for the ”Audacious Pioneers: Ladies of Section 14” tour. You can find out more about it below.
The Audacious Pioneers: Ladies of Section 14 Tour
The most popular walking tour offered by The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund is, “Taking It With You; A Tour of Section 14.” This is easy to understand considering the familiar names that are represented within 14 (Heinz, Mellon, Frick, Benedum, etc.) and the outstanding monuments and mausoleums with which they marked their final resting places.
This year, The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund will replace “Taking it With You,” with a new tour of Section 14, one based solely on women. “Audacious Pioneers; The Ladies of Section 14” will introduce stories from the Distaff side of Pittsburgh History. Centering the tour on women will allow for a wider discussion of Pittsburgh society, one that crosses lines of class and race in ways our traditional tour of Section 14 has yet to attempt.
Some of the ladies featured on the tour include:
• A world famous opera singer.
• A palm reading Countess from Coshocton Ohio.
• A politically minded widow with a fondness for cars.
• The proprietor of a successful African American “Tourist House” in The Hill.
• A Pittsburgh socialite who may or may not have changed the succession of England’s Royal Family.
“Audacious Pioneers,” will be offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1pm or, on other days and times, by appointment. Reservations are required and can be made at 412-421-1822. The tour is $10 per person, all proceeds benefiting The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund.