Self-Guided Tours at Historic Bellefontaine Cemetery. The Bellefontaine Cemetery is open daily 8am-4:30pm for self-guided tours. Visitors can enjoy the 314 acre cemetery by driving through the cemetery along the 14 miles of paved roadway or choose to walk through the beautifully landscaped grounds. Either way, it is highly recommended to obtain a map of the cemetery, located outside the main office doors (or download the App!), which will point out the many intriguing historical figures, scalawags included, buried at Bellefontaine. These tours are FREE! See website for more information.
The historic Bellefontaine Cemetery was started in 1849 by a group of prominent men from the city of St. Louis. Almerin Hotchkiss, an associate of Frederick Law Olmsted who designed New York's Central Park, was hired to design the layout of the cemetery. Hotchkiss became friends with Henry Shaw and with his help, the cemetery is now noted to have one of the finest collections of trees in the St. Louis area. Amazing examples of architecture and cemetery art can also be found at Bellefontaine Cemetery, as well as the final resting places for many famous people including Adolphus Busch, of the famed Anheuser-Busch beer brewery; William Clark, famous explorer of the Lewis and Clark Expedition; and James Eads, architect who designed the St. Louis Eads Bridge.
Bellefontaine Cemetery is open daily for visiting 8am to 5pm, with extended hours in the summer. The Cemetery hosts many private and public, bus, walking and special themed tours throughout the year.
Please check the website listed on each event to get the most up-to-date information.