Monroe Street Cemetery - The Dainty Squid

Monroe Street Cemetery

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I love cemeteries. I think that's apparent. But there is just something about cemeteries in the fall that makes them a thousand times more beautiful, and more peaceful. This cemetery is close to a few other places I frequent but somehow I'd never spent much time poking around in there. I finally got around to doing it last week and I couldn't be more pleased with my photos. I actually spilled tea on my laptop just a few hours after I got done editing these and my first thought was "Nooooo! The cemetery photos!!!" After a few days in a bag of ride my laptop made a full recovery! Hooray! Although I am still finding pieces of rice everywhere...

It was a gorgeous day for checking out the cemetery, albeit pretty cold. The leaves were all different colors, and the sky was overcast which is my favorite to shoot it but for some reason all my shots looked uninspired. I just wasn't able to capture what I was seeing in person. Right as I was about to leave a headstone off in the distance caught my eye. When I walked over to photograph it I realized there were all kind of tiny little headstones along the fence that had, for the most part, been neglected and forgotten. Ivy had begun to cover most and I even found a few that had been completely buried underneath growth. My fingers were so cold I felt like they might freeze but I had to keep looking for other little hidden treasures.
Monroe Street Cemetery is a historic cemetery on the West side of Cleveland, until the late 1890's it was actually the only public cemetery on the West side. It is said that burials began in 1818 but the earliest headstone that can be found is 1827. There are currently over 31k people buried on the 13.63 acres, over 500 of which were soldiers. During the civil war, soldiers who died at Army camps near Cleveland were often buried here. There are also two mayors, as well as many notable folks who helped build Cleveland and Ohio City buried here.

After finding all the really old, and tiny headstones hidden along the fence I think that brings this cemetery up my second favorite in Cleveland. I'm not sure I'll find one I like more than Woodland but here's to lookin'! 

Bonus fun Monroe Street Cemetery fact : It was fenced during the 19th century to keep out wandering hogs.

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9 thoughts

  1. i like those old cemeteries as well... so many stories!

    interesting to see that you found a german engraving :)

  2. so beautiful! the first gravestone is my favourite:-) and i also really like the ones with the hands, i've never seen graves with that symbol before, i think, and it seems like there was loads of them. i like it! xx

    1. I LOVE headstone symbols. Hands are one of my favorites to find. Shaking hands normally represent a farewell to earthly existence and God's welcome into heaven but can also be a reminder that the living and the dead will meet again in heaven.

  3. Oh I think there something so beautiful about old graveyards. And I always love your posts about places like these. Awesome! x kayleigh // mylittlejeans

    1. Thanks, Kayleigh! I'm glad you enjoy them. :)

  4. I am continually in awe of how great and wonderfully eerie your photos can be. Love. It.

  5. Cemeteries, fall and an overcast day are made for each other! This place looks perfect.


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