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Glendale Cemetery, Akron

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Glendale Cemetery is a cemetery and historic district located in Akron, Ohio. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
Glendale Cemetery was founded in 1839 by Dr. J.D. Commins. Here statues of prominent citizens, an avenue of stately mausoleums and a collection of headstones tell the story of Akron’s past. Originally known as Akron Rural Cemetery, Commins modeled the design of the cemetery after Boston’s Mount Auburn Cemetery, which he visited in 1838. Glendale is a picturesque romantic landscape with its curving roads, use of promontories to create vistas and a variety of architectural styles that draw upon ancient building forms. Mausoleums are modeled after Egyptian, Greek and Roman temples or Gothic churches. Nineteenth-century accounts described Glendale as “beautifully laid out in romantic drives and walks” and note its role as an area park and tourist destination.
Originally, the cemetery had a stream and two bodies of water—Willow and Swan Lakes. Due to the increased development surrounding the cemetery during the late 19th century, the natural spring that fed the lakes dried up. The superintendent of the cemetery at that time proposed running a pipe to the Ohio and Erie Canal to re-water the lakes, but this was never realized. Today the open space or Great Meadow recalls the scale of Swan Lake and several mausoleums have small foot bridges that once crossed over the stream fronting them. Distinct sections of the cemetery are devoted to the Masons, Akron’s Jewish community and infants and children. The Civil War is prominently commemorated in Glendale Cemetery. The Buckley Post of the Union Army has a large memorial marker surrounded by 50 headstones located on the northern plateau. The 1876 Gothic Revival style Memorial Chapel was constructed by the Buckley Post and has been recently restored.
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  • Beautiful, historic cemetery, with gorgeous Civil War Chapel, stone mausoleums, and famous burials. Gently sloping roads run up and down rugged terrain, making it easy to traverse by car, bike or foot...  more »
  • This historic cemetery is fabulous in all regards . Deep history from late 1800s provides the backdrop. The mausoleums were unique and plentiful. The landscape was hilly and the trees provide a beauti...  more »
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  • Looked for 20 years for a final Resting place. I went to Glendale and immediately knew this is it. Just “Beautiful” lots of history, well maintained. Prices are good and the staff are great, so helpful and pleasant.
  • A neat place to visit.......not to stay...:)

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