Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

Dedicated to cemetery preservation in the great state of Ohio

"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been Removed therefrom and no bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."

Friday, October 19, 2012

Announcing a "Special Lorain County Preservation Event" - Saturday, October 20, 2012 - from 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.

Thanking Margaret Cheney, Treasurer of the Lorain County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, for the following announcement: 
"TOMORROW, Saturday, Oct. 20th, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00
p.m., is a special Lorain County Preservation Event, being held at the Starr House (Lorain County History Center), on Washington Ave., Elyria -- just south of The Hickories, on the OTHER side of the street, closer to downtown Elyria.

****This is your chance not only to see special displays of Historic Preservation projects that the various Lorain County historical groups have been working on, but also to take a FREE tour of the newly-opened LC History Center in the beautiful Starr House, a completely refurbished 1850's Victorian mansion, and
home to the new (Skip) Johnson Family Research Library. Remember, just for this day, you won't have to pay the $5.00 tour fee."
 Also, below is information from the Lorain County Historical Society website:
"One-Day Event: Lorain County Historic Preservation Projects on View"
 October 20, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Lorain County Historical Society (LCHS) is pleased to announce a one-day event featuring historic restorations of buildings and sites across Lorain County, on view October 20, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Lorain County History Center, located at 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio. This event is free and open to the public.

This exhibition will be comprised of 8-10 groups and individuals from Lorain County who will have on display photographs and text describing the preservation process involved with their historic restoration of a building or site. This exhibition will showcase at one location, preservation activities from different areas around Lorain County.

This event is sponsored by The Lorain County Preservation Network (LCPN). For more information, please call LCHS at (440) 322-3341.
The Lorain County Preservation Network (LCPN) consists of organizations and individuals who work to build a preservation ethic among Lorain County property owners and public officials. Network members seek to advance the knowledge and skills of all network members to promote the preservation of historic structures as a significant component of Lorain County's future.
LCPN meets the fourth (4th) Wednesday of January, April, July, and October, usually a brown bag lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Hickories (509 Washington Ave, Elyria, OH 44035). For more information, call LCHS at (440) 322-3341.

Spotlighting the "Ghosts of Burton Tour" -- Burton, Geauga County, Ohio - Saturday, October 20th and Saturday, October 27th, 2012. Tour times are 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:00 pm.

From the website of the Goodwin House Bed & Breakfast of Burton, Ohio:

"The Ghosts of Burton Historical Tour - 2012
The Ghosts of Burton Historical Tour - 2012 will take place on Saturday, October 20th and Saturday, October 27th, 2012.   Tour times are 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:00 pm.   Volunteer guides will lead you through Century Village and our very old local graveyard, while you listen to historical stories of past lives and some local ghostly lore.   Each tour lasts about 2 1/2 hours.   (Century Village is the Geauga Historical Society's historical village in Burton, Ohio.)

The tour includes historically accurate stories of the local area, some good "ghost stories", and includes a shuttle bus ride to the local graveyard.   Get a good look at some very old grave markers.   A live paranormal investigation will be taking place in one of the museum buildings.   A light snack and beverage is included.   We will walk at an easy pace, covering about a mile.   Some stops (including the shuttle bus) have a few stairs, so the tour is not entirely handicapped accessible.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are necessary.   The Ghosts of Burton Historical Tour generally sells out, so book early.   You may book your reservations quickly though EventBrite.   Alternatively, you may mail in a check with the order form (see the PDF file) or call with your credit card number.   Use the 2012 registration form (PDF below) to print out the registration form.   After registration and payment, a confirmation will be sent to you. 

The cost is $18 per person. This tour is intended to be "family friendly", but very small children may find it boring.   This is NOT a "haunted house" tour, and we do not create artificial cheap tricks for amusement.

To view a PDF file of the 2012 brochure, click here for the OUTSIDE, and here for the INSIDE.   Remember that you must read the OUTSIDE from right to left, since this is a 3-panel brochure."