Locust Grove Cemetery

Amidst the locust trees that canopy these burial grounds, reside the final resting places of many prominent locals and founders. Weathered headstones of granite, sandstone, and embrittled metal dot the rolling hillside, recording biographical information, epitaphs, and the last messages of individuals including Reverend Samuel Bissell, Ethan Alling, and both Wilcox twins: a veritable who’s who of Twinsburg royalty.

Enclosed by a low, stone wall, the 170 year old cemetery has witnessed more than a lifetime’s worth of change. The sandstone vault standing sentry at the entrance, was born out of necessity, as the earth proved too difficult to hollow for the recently deceased during the colder months’ shorter days. Bodies would lay there in waiting for the biting cold of winter to reside and the ground to thaw. Eventually, the need it once served waned and it took on a more historic role in the community. In 1997, the edifice and its 138-tons of locally quarried stone were shifted to make way for land redevelopment, squeezing and confining the hallowed grounds to their current configuration.

Photo courtesy of Kieth A. Peppers

Photo courtesy of Kieth A. Peppers

As for the rest of the cemetery, Locust Grove has played host to activities including historic reenactments, portraying the aforementioned figures from the past, alongside other notable personalities. As autumn approaches and the leaves change, local reenactors converge once again to the delight of spectators as they provide lantern-lit tours, weaving well-known stories for the groups wandering among the gravestones.

Courtesy of Kieth A. Peppers

Courtesy of Kieth A. Peppers

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