Now known as Northampton Harrington Cemetery, this old graveyard sits on top of a hill along Old Route 8 in Cuyahoga Falls.  It is located across from what used to be Ascott Park and in between the Ascott drive-in and an old, burned-out house. 

Sadly, the racetrack, drive-in, and house are no more.  Yet, to many Falls natives, this is one of the city's most recognized and beloved landmarks, recalling a time when it lay sequestered within a hollowed-out section of woods in the rural outskirts of town.  During its heyday, the Ascott drive-in showed many excellent B-movies.  The cemetery and old house only added to the horror experience.  Imagine watching the triple feature  "Night of the Living Dead,"  "Curse of the Living Dead," and "Fangs of the Living Dead" as a kid, with the cemetery and spooky house only a few feet from your car window!

During the 1990's, there was intense industrial and real estate development around the cemetery.   As a result, the cemetery has been displaced--it is an oddity among the new streets, pre-fab homes and commercial buildings that have taken the place of the Ascott Park area that once cloaked the cemetery.

 

 

No parking lot or driveway connects to the cemetery.  To access the grounds, one must park at the nearby post office and walk over.  The original stone steps leading up to the cemetery still exist.  However, the steps serve no useful purpose anymore, as shown by the above photo.

Harrington Cemetery gets its name from the large Harrington family that is buried here.  The earliest grave dates back to 1808, that of Sarah Chase.  It contains the graves of a few settlers, as well as several Revolutionary War veterans. 

Those veterans include Simeon Prior.  He enlisted at the age of 21, and later moved here and established himself as a blacksmith.  He died in 1834 at the age of 83.  Another Revolutionary War veteran buried here is Richard Harrington, who fought in the Battle of Stillwater. 

The cemetery is well-maintained in spite of its age, although many of the older tombstones are illegible or completely destroyed.

 

 

 

Jane and John Everett.  Jane died in 1853 at the age of 65.  It is not known when John died, or his age at the time of death.

 

Interestingly, though not uncommon for this time, both headstones feature a carving of a finger pointing up to the sky, presumably towards Heaven.  

 

Below, photographs of some of the more badly-damaged tombstones

 

 

This tombstone is virtually invisible within the large bush that has grown around it.

 

In contrast, this tombstone has not seemingly aged at all.

 

Another Revolutionary War veteran.  Oliver Dewey began service as a private when he was only 16.  He died in 1845 at the age of 82.

 

Yet another engraving of the "finger pointing toward Heaven."  How presumptuous of these folks!