Berea in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Adams Street Cemetery
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.
Erected 2010 by The Berea City Club, Inc., and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 93-18.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
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 ChurchBerea 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.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 22, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.