|Located on Kent Road,
Stow Cemetery was officially established in 1859. However, the first
marked burial dates back to 1809. Stow Cemetery is still in use today,
but many neat elements make it worth posting here. It contains the
graves of many veterans of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
Many of the original settlers of the Stow/Cuyahoga Falls/Hudson area are
also buried here. The cemetery is also notable for some unique, iron
grave markers. Oh, and it is rumored to be haunted.
|The oldest section of
the cemetery is located at the front, which also happens to be
the most foreboding part of the cemetery. Many graves here are settled
deep underneath the shadowy old trees, taking on a particularly eerie look.
Wilcox and his family. Isaac Wilcox was one of the first
settlers of Stow, who built a dam over the Cuyahoga River and ran a
saw mill until his death in 1847. Despite the age of these
markers, traces of "drapery" carvings can still be seen at the top
of each marker.
Left, the gravestones of Serah (Right, born 1766, deceased
1817) and Caroline Beckley.
the left, a close-up of Serah Beckley's original, sunken
marker. A Masonic carving--including an "eye in
the pyramid"--is still visible at the top of the stone.
Below, truly sobering
sight--a section of the cemetery marked "Baby Land."
An iron grave
marker. Here, this beautifully preserved
marker belongs to the Wetmore family. William
Wetmore was the original settler of Stow, who
purchased the land as part of the Connecticut
reserve (i.e. Western Reserve) that was set aside by
the new U.S. government for Connecticut residents
who were displaced after the Revolutionary war.
William Wetmore died in 1827.
We stumbled upon
this small cluster of illegible stones under (and inside)