CHAGRIN FALLS, OH: Start the Halloween season off right with SPIRITS ALIVE, a historic cemetery tour! Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum in partnership with the Performing Arts Center is conducting Cemetery Tours of the historic Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Chagrin Falls. You will be guided to eight graves in the cemetery. At each grave, you will meet the spirit who lives there and hear their story! An RSVP is required for the event, light refreshments will be provided. This event is proudly sponsored by Stroud Lawrence Funeral Home.
FYI- Four of the spirits joined us on the tour last year, I can’t help that they wanted to come back… they’ll just look younger! (meaning: four of last year’s spirits are played by Performing Arts Center students this year). If you attended last year’s Cemetery Tour and enjoyed it, please don’t let this stop you from coming this year!
There will be tours at 4pm and 5pm on September 28th and 29th. An RSVP is required!
Admission- $10 for non-members; $5 for members & students.
The people you will meet on this
tour lived in Chagrin Falls in the first half of the 19th Century
when it was a small, rural village. Most lived into the 20th Century
and witnessed many changes in our small town. They all participated in the life
of the village and through their efforts Chagrin Falls evolved from a small,
isolated village to a vibrant commercial center. Along the way, its residents
experienced the hardships of life on the Ohio frontier, the travails of the
Civil War and the virtues and the vices of the Modern Age.
About Evergreen Hill
Cemetery: Evergreen Hill Cemetery was the second cemetery established in
the Village and Township. The first Chagrin Falls Burying Ground was
established in the 1840s by George Stocking who purchased land at the top of
Grove Hill on the west side of North Main Street where he proceeded to sell
burial lots to individual families. There were several other small cemeteries
outside of the village boundaries where members of the Chagrin Falls community
were buried. By the 1860s the village had outgrown the Grove Hill Cemetery so
the land on South Franklin Street which was owned by the Township, was deeded
to the Village. Additional land was acquired from Village residents Robert and
Caroline Barrows, and Albon B. Gardner.
The first burial in the Cemetery
took place in 1863. Some families removed the remains of their family members
from Grove Hill Cemetery to Evergreen Hill, although the Grove Hill Cemetery
was active until 1869. The Chagrin Falls Township Trustees still maintain the
grounds of the cemetery.