Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

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"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, May 4, 2018

Spotlighting the White Bronze (Zinc) Monuments at Greenwood Cemetery - Wellington, Lorain County, Ohio

White Bronze Monuments!  
How many of us have seen photographs of them or have been fortunate enough to have admired them in person?  

They dot a cemetery's landscape projecting a commanding presence with their finely etched features and almost glistening granite-looking composition.  But, being made of granite, they are not!
Some may consider them oddities. 
We know that they are not really so odd, but are quite often one-of-a-kind originals to behold.

 They truly are a delight to the eye.  

Most have retained the same appearance and stand in an almost new condition as the day they were installed to honor the life of the deceased whose gravesite they mark.   
Let's take a short tour of Greenwood's White Bronze Markers - some are shown with views from different vantage points. 

(Below photo)
While not a white bronze (zinc) monument,
this towering obelisk and surrounding markers 
grace the grounds at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wellington
and invite a visitor to stop and linger for awhile longer.
A Link to just one of several online articles available to read and reference regarding
 "White Bronze" (zinc) Monuments 

Spending a Day to Remember and "Visit" Archibald M. Willard at Greenwood Cemetery in Wellington, Ohio

Sharing a few of my photographs taken at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wellington, Lorain County, Ohio of April 29, 2018.  

My main focus for visiting Wellington was to stop in at the Spirit of '76 Museum on Main Street.  During 2018, a special exhibit of some of Archibald M. Willard's  paintings are on display that are on loan from Mr. Dan Zivko.  For anyone who enjoys and follows Archibald M. Willard's art -- the "Spirit of '76" painting is his best known painting, but he painted so many others -- this is rare opportunity to view paintings not in the museum's collection.  

If you have never been to Wellington, I think you'll find it to be quite an inviting town.

If you are traveling from the north you'll also enjoy driving through the new brick lined railroad underpass which is a great improvement for the residents and visitors alike!