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Woodland Cemetery

Monday, September 15, 2014

I spent one afternoon last week wandering around Woodland Cemetery. It's an incredibly beautiful cemetery nestled in what's maybe not one of the best neighborhoods in Cleveland. (Actually, probably the worst neighborhood in the area. One website said that you have a 1 in 6 chance of becoming a victim here. Ooops. Won't be heading back there alone again.)  Established in 1851, with it's first burial, a 15 month old child, in 1853, it's now the final resting place to over 72,000 people. Extremely dangerous neighborhood or not, this has to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Cleveland. There were so many incredible headstones. Every few minutes I was excitedly dashing to see something I had spotted in the distance.
This cemetery doesn't have big names like Lake View Cemetery does (President Garfield) but it's still packed with important people and tons of history. Joseph W. Briggs is buried here, he instituted free home mail delivery in Cleveland. Briggs claimed he thought of home delivery during the winter of 1862-1863 while watching how women, coming for letters from soldiers, were exposed to the cold while waiting in line. John Patterson Green is also buried here, he was the first African-American elected to office in Cleveland. He's considered the "father of Labor Day", after introducing the bill that established Labor Day as a state holiday.

This huge pile of stone is what was the original gatehouse that welcomed visitors for 125 years. It's clearly in absolutely disrepair now. I actually had no idea what it was when I found it. Kind of thought it was a pile of broken headstones.  It's going to apparently taken $1.5 million to rebuild it.
xoxo

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  1. Right before fall is my (personal) favorite time to go cemetery-walking; I feel like the grass is always at its most vibrant, making all the headstones/mausoleums/crypts pop! And I feel like you really captured that in these photos, they're so hauntingly beautiful!
    And I definitely thought the surname on the mausoleum in the first photo was 'Sprinkle' at first glance, ha!

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    1. Mine too! Actually, everything is better right before/ during fall.

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  2. Oh I love exploring graveyards.
    It's like an orchard of stories. The true ones are mostly silent and unuseable, but one can always imagine things.

    I've found names as sweet and archaic as Ole and Olga and Sven and Hugla while exploring a local graveyard within walking distance of my home. :)

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    1. Hah! That's awesome. I LOVE reading names on headstones.

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  3. That is quite a beautiful cemetery! Glad you made it in and out of that neighborhood in one piece :0

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  4. Whoa. Surviving a graveyard exploration in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Cleveland should probably go on your resume. The photos are pretty darn awesome and the place itself sounds downright eerie and chill-worthy!

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  5. Bad neighborhood or not, this is a beautiful cemetery! I love headstones with old photographs on them especially.

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  6. Oh my, what an awesome place. I love the history associated with cemetaries, as well as how peaceful they are. Stay safe Kaylah!

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  7. I didn't explore many cemeteries when I lived in Ohio - I'm glad I still get to see them through your photos! This one is beautiful!

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  8. Wow, that's just breathtaking. Glad you made it through unscathed!

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  9. We go there all the time with our small children and have never worried about it. That neighborhood is not bad at all. In fact, I'm reluctant to believe you actually live in Cleveland if you think it is- a rich suburb is more likely. Not to mention your love of "exploring" much be VERY limited.

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