Cathleen's Chapel Walking Tour at the Historic Bellefontaine Cemetery features a two-hour walking tour led by a Master Guide beginning in Wildwood Valley and then outdoors over the moderate terrain throughout the surrounding area. This tour will get visitors up close to observe trees and plants of the cemetery grounds, as well as monuments of the important people in St. Louis history who are buried there. This tour is FREE, but donations are appreciated. Space is limited so reservations must be made in advance online or by calling the office, 314-381-0750. Rain or Shine!
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.