This is the most incredible cemetery we have visited to date.  This sprawling, historic cemetery was officially established in 1851, although many graves date back to at least the 1820's.  Visually, the cemetery is stunning, with many old, well-preserved tombstones, as well as rare iron markers and a "receiving vault."


Legend holds that the cemetery is haunted.  Abbott's Tomb is home to the ghosts of Mr. and Mrs. Abbott, who will run off anyone who disturbs their crypt.  Others say strange orbs and other lights appear at night. 

While Abbott's Tomb was genuinely creepy, Milan Cemetery as a whole is quite intriguing, deserving of a dignified recognition


To the left, Molly Perrin, who died in 1855 at the age of 55.  Her step-daughter, Mary, died the same year at the age of 18.  Interestingly, both markers contain the same "hand pointing to Heaven" carving. 
The large tombstone on the right belongs to Catherine Cherry, who died in 1855.  The smaller markers on both sides of her grave are that of her children, Byron and Catherine.

The sandstone marker on the left is that of Joseph Miller (?), who died in 1839 at the age of 23.  Part of his inscription reads "Go home my friends, dry up your tears . . . "



These large, ornate markers belong to the Delamater family.  These graves may actually be part of the Saint Anthony cemetery, which is connected to left section of Milan Cemetery.
Below, iron markers.  The marker on the right belongs to Martin Grunwall, who died at the age of 14.  The rest of his inscription is in German.



This row of markers belong to a mother and her two children. The mother, Hannah Keller (left), died in 1865 at the age of 40.  Adelaid (center) died in 1861 at the age of 5; Rosina died in 1864 at the age of 2.  A lamb is engraved into each of the children's stones. 
Below, this unusual, wide marker was found.  Even though the grave dates back to 1840, the inscriptions are clear enough to speak for themselves.


Another cluster of old tombstones.


Captain Morgan Bassett, who died in 1855 at the age of 32.  It is believed he was a sea captain, judging from the the carving of a ship on his stone.



[Note: the mausoleum in the back left is also believed to be haunted.  Check out the Milan Section of the Submissions page for the story. Many thanks to  Red and Joe for this interesting tidbit.]



This person must have been quite important. . .


Turns out we were right.


An Edison Family plot.  From the left: Ann M. Dunham, who died in 1845 at the age of 25 (relationship unknown).  The remaining left 3 stones belong to the children of Sam and Nancy Edison--Samuel O., who died in 1848 at the age of 3; Carlisle, who died in 1842 at the age of 6, and Eliza, who died in 1845 (age unknown).


Revolutionary War soldier Private Jonah Bartow, who died in 1827 at the age of 67.
Milan Cemetery's "Receiving Vault," originally erected in 1866.  It is still in use today.