Lake View Cemetery is a Cleveland icon. It is a rural setting of 285 acres within this big city. Founded in 1869, it is a memorial to the immigrant laborers, descendants of slaves, industry icons and civic leaders who created Cleveland. It is a historic and even famous landmark within the city.
Residing here are many famous people including Adella P. Hughes who founded the Cleveland Orchestra and was an accomplished pianist, John D. Rockefeller who was the founder of the Standard Oil Company of Ohio and the United States first billionaire, Carl Stokes who was the first African-American mayor of a major U. S. city, and Elliott Ness who was the Public Safety Director of Cleveland from 1935 to 1942. These are just a few of the famous among those residing here.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places is the James A. Garfield Memorial. Garfield was the 20th president of the United States. You can take a tour of this historic monument and find memorabilia in the gift shop. After climbing the 64 steps to the outdoor balcony here, on a clear day, you can see 40 miles of the Lake Erie shore. This is why the cemetery is named Lake View.
There is another memorial here, the Wade Memorial Chapel. In honor of Jeptha Wade, the founder of the Western Union Telegraph Company and the first president of Lake View Cemetery. It, too, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
You can just come and wander around on your own, or you can take one of several walking tours throughout the year. Well, probably mostly in the good weather. Be sure and make a reservation ahead of time as these tours are very popular. You can also schedule a private tour for 12 or more and hear all the wonderful, historic stories! There are also school bus tours. And, weddings!
There are a variety of events throughout the year. They are listed on the web site: www.lakeviewcemetery.com Who would have thought a cemetery could be so, well, entertaining!
Our Lolly the Trolley tour of Cleveland only passed by the cemetery but there is a Lolly the Trolley tour that includes the cemetery with the commentary that goes along with it. You need a reservation.
Here we are passing by the cemetery on a summer’s day Lolly the Trolley tour. It might be fun to go back and tour on Lolly the Trolley!
I just cannot leave you without a picture of—what? Something you can see from most anywhere in Cleveland. Yep, you guessed it!