Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Tallest Tombstone in America

Is this mini-Washington Monument for a President, or a war hero, or Golden Age of Hollywood movie star? No, it's for a dentist. Thomas Wiltberger Evans died in 1897 and is buried beneath an obelisk as tall as a 15-story building.

The Woodlands Cemetery

Address:
4000 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Directions:
The Woodlands Cemetery. West side of the city. Drive west on Walnut St. across the Schuylkill River. Turn left at the stoplight onto 38th St. At the third stoplight turn right onto Baltimore Ave. Immediately get into the left hand lane and bear left onto Woodland Ave. Drive a quarter-mile, then turn left through the gateway into the cemetery. Make first left, follow the road, turn left again. You'll see the tombstone, on the left.
Hours:
Gated after hours. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
215-386-2181
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Tallest Tombstone in America

The tallest tombstone in America is in Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia.

[Laurie Zambrano, 02/15/2014]

Beneath the 150-ft. tall obelisk are the remains of dentist Thomas Wiltberger Evans, who died in 1897.


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