Location: Berea, OH 44017 Cuyahoga County
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N 41° 21.9696', W 81° 51.258'

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Known as the "Village Cemetery", this was Berea's main burial ground from 1834 to the 1880s. However, in 1886, the Cleveland Stone Co. purchased quarries adjacent to the cemetery, where Coe Lake is today. Quarrying had already caused flooding and landslides in the area. Local stories say that the company operated too near to the edge of cemetery, causing a landslide in he northwest corner that exposed some graves. Worried families moved their loved ones' remains to other cemeteries, including those of five Civil War veterans. Pioneering families, 16 Civil War veterans, 3 mayors of Berea, several quarry owners, and many ordinary people still rest here. Of the original 589 burials 40% were children.
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The cemetery accepted burials into the 20th century, including one veteran of the Indian Wars and one of World War I, but it had fallen into disrepair and was used mainly for burial of indigents. One night in March 1930, vandals knocked over and broke many gravestones. In response, American Legion Post 91 repaired the stones. As the 21st century began, citizens recommitted themselves to honoring the cemetery. The City of Berea and many community groups helped fund preservation efforts, and American Legion Post 91 decorates veterans' graves. Baldwin Wallace College students and faculty have documented burial sites and volunteered many hours to repair broken tombstones.
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceCemetery
Marker TypeMemorial
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Marker Number93-18
Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Berea City Club, Inc.
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, July 9th, 2015 at 7:31am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 428550 N 4579757
Decimal Degrees41.36616000, -81.85430000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 21.9696', W 81° 51.258'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 21' 58.1760" N, 81° 51' 15.4800" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)440, 216
Can be seen from road?Yes
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13-21 W Bridge St, Berea OH 44017, US
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