A reader who shares in our morbid sensibilities suggested this cemetery to Dead Ohio, and generously contributed his photographs from his explorations of the site.  Many, many thanks to Fred Hilger for sharing this cool, historic cemetery with us!

And what a neat gem this cemetery turned out to be . . .

 

No sign marks this abandoned cemetery located in Thompson Township.  It lies hidden on private property within the woods along Route 166 (Rock Creek Road).  Upon further research, we discovered that its official name is Warner Cemetery.

This is one of the most fascinating and downright creepy cemeteries featured here so far.  These photos speak for themselves.

 

 

The Geauga County area is the mother lode for historic, abandoned cemeteries.  This is largely due to the fact that many colonial families immigrated here to the Western Reserve from Connecticut following the Revolutionary War. 

This cemetery is an excellent example.  Many family members of Thompson Township's original settlers are buried here, including those whose surnames include Sperry, Jackson, Strong and Briscoe.   Interestingly, upon a review of the burial records, no person by the name of Warner is buried here.  We venture to guess that the cemetery's name comes from a subsequent landowner.

 

Grave marker of Chilion Strong, who died in 1862 at the age of 62.

 

A close-up of the inscription of Chilion Strong's tombstone.  Despite the severely neglected condition of the rest of the cemetery, his marker is still legible after so many years.

 

Tombstone of Chilion's wife, Clarissa Strong, who died in 1843 at the age of 35.

 

Below, a sunken (desecrated?) grave.  We're hoping that those are just leaves down in that hole.