Tour Leaders

Jessica Baumert

Executive Director at The Woodlands National Historic Landmark District

Jessica Baumert is the Executive Director of The Woodlands National Historic Landmark District in Philadelphia, PA. She has a degree in Historic Preservation from The Savannah College of Art and Design and fell in love with historic cemeteries while learning to repair aging headstones in Savannah’s historic Colonial Park Cemetery.

Jessica followed her love of preservation to the City of Philadelphia, where she spent ten years caring for the historic structures of Fairmount Park. In 2011 she took the helm at The Woodlands and began bringing a place for the dead back to life. Since then, she has developed nationally renowned programs including the Grave Gardeners, increased annual visitorship to over 100,000 people, and cultivated a renewed sense of community within a horticultural oasis in West Philadelphia.

She currently lives in West Philadelphia with her partner Nate, Cat Gene, and Puppy Sandy.


From Goodbye to Hello: Cemeteries as Civic Spaces

Saturday, June 18
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM