Montrose Cemetery - Copley Township, Ohio

Welcome to the first official Cemetery Sunday of 2014! Each Sunday in October, I'll visit a local cemetery to wander the grounds and photograph the old tombstones and crypts. Many of these old stones have beautifully ornate epitaphs, showcasing an artistic sense long gone from today's modern stones. I use these photos as reference and inspiration for creating tombstones in my yard haunt. Feel free to use these photos as inspiration for your own projects, too!

Montrose Cemetery, located in Copley Township, is a unique place compared to other cemeteries that I have visited throughout Northeast Ohio. It is set on roughly two acres in the middle of an area called "Montrose." When standing in this cemetery, you can look in any direction and see the same thing - endless, overdeveloped suburban sprawl. Gas stations, grocery stores, fast food restaurants, big box stores, traffic lights, traffic jams, strip malls and shopping malls. Inside the cemetery, however, is a much different story. Ornate, aged stones, most of which date back to the 1850s, remind us of Copley's simpler, slower, rural past.

It was nice to step into the cemetery grounds, as it provided a shelter from the loud hustle and bustle that whizzed by in all directions just outside the fence...



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