I’ve been living in Cleveland far too long to not go see Lake View Cemetery. President Garfield, John D. Rockefeller, Harvey Pekar, and the namesake of practically every building in town are buried there. It’s a beautiful fall walk through the woods.
This is not your ordinary cemetery, and as you can see, it doesn’t contain your ordinary headstones. Founded in 1869 by Jeptha Wade (owner of Western Union Telegraph) some of the most prominent citizens of Cleveland are buried here. The monuments range from the spectacular (above) to more modest family headstones.
The centerpiece of the cemetery is the Garfield Memorial. This tower holds the remains of President Garfield, and has a spiral staircase leading to a wonderful view of Lake Erie, Cleveland’s East Side, and possibly, Canada if you’re an optimist!
The other main attraction is the Wade Chapel, built by the grandson of the cemetery’s founder. The ducks and geese were out in full force when I visited. If you look closely, you can just make out the rainbow that formed in the fountain in the pond.
So, there you have it! Next time you have a long layover in Cleveland, take the Red Line out of the airport and stop by Lake View Cemetery. It’s more fun than the food court!
Garfield Memorial and Wade Chapel Docents