I’ve always loved to walk through cemeteries. There’s something inherently tranquil about the grounds — not to mention, you are pretty much guaranteed privacy and quiet.
Glendale Cemetery is such a lovely place. If you’re local or just visiting, it’s worth spending a couple hours walking among the headstones, by yourself or with a loved one. Check out my photos below, and go take some of your own.
The Civil War Memorial Chapel, built 162 years ago, is one of the most striking features of Glendale.
The stained glass windows are beautiful and feature images of civil war soldiers.
I’ve heard that one can get married in the chapel. How cool is that?
The main road leading into the cemetery is flanked by beautiful mausoleums.
The doors have intricate ironwork, and have aged to a charming green.
I just love this door. The figure, the inscription and the flowers are sheer artistry.
The mausoleums are the final resting place for many prominent families in Akron’s history.
These handles! They kind of remind of the talking door knockers from Labyrinth.
This is one of the more elaborate mausoleums.
I have a thing for beautiful doors. While all of these are locked, you can peak inside the windows.
Such lovely detailing.
There are a total of 37 mausoleums in Glendale. I wonder who planted these flowers.
Just as interesting as the mausoleums are the headstones and markers in the cemetery. I always think about the people resting beneath the markers. These people outlived their children by so many years.
The old tombstones of parents who passed long after their children are a reminder that infant mortality was much higher in the 1800s. Oh, and aren’t my shoes cute?
I am always struck by the graves of children.
The roads within Glendale are winding and hilly. You can find people walking and jogging in the cemetery. And, it’s still available for burials, so there are services and visits happening too. It’s amazing to me that everything (living and dead) seems to coexist in this very natural way.
There are many family plots in Glendale.
This family plot has lovely benches.
There are all kinds of monuments in Glendale, like this one.
And some very old headstones…like the one on the right.
Some family plots have one marker for all the people.
Isn’t this a lovely place?
There’s plenty of shade, and it’s a great place to explore or just sit down and read, listen to a podcast, or whatever.
The old bell tower is in need of restoration, but is still a noteworthy sight.
Just in case you’re looking for a final resting place.