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Berea in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Adams Street Cemetery

 
 
Adams Street Cemetery Marker, side one image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 6, 2019
1. Adams Street Cemetery Marker, side one
Inscription.  
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 the 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.

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.
Adams Street Cemetery Marker, side two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 6, 2019
2. Adams Street Cemetery Marker, side two
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.
 
Erected 2010 by The Berea City Club, Inc., and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 93-18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 21.809′ N, 81° 50.859′ W. Marker is in Berea, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is at the intersection of Adams Street and Waverly Street, on the right when traveling south on Adams Street. It is at the entrance to the cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berea OH 44017, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The “Big Quarry” (approx. ¼ mile away); Berea Sandstone Quarries (approx. ¼ mile away); The Berea Triangle (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Congregational United Church of Christ of Berea (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lyceum Square (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ogilvy Chapel of St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Adams Street Cemetery Entrance and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 6, 2019
3. Adams Street Cemetery Entrance and Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Berea District Seven School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Baldwin University (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berea.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Adams Street Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 6, 2019
4. Adams Street Cemetery
The black sign on the rough-cut stone in the center distance reads: “This garden is dedicated to the memory of all those souls who were laid to rest within these humble boundaries. Our grandmothers and grandfathers, our aunts, our uncles, our neighbors and our friends. They quarried the stone that helped build nations and turned Berea Ohio into the sandstsone capital of the world. For those whose names can no longer be read or whose stones have been lost to time: though their names are lost, they are loved and will not be forgotten. —Boy Scout Eagle Project B.F. 1996.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 22, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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