This mausoleum is not in Ohio. But I thought that it was interesting. The cemetery staff claims that the bats constantly fly over and around this mausoleum only. They do it day and night. The woman buried here was supposed to have been into the black arts.The bats are believed to be guarding the building. They won't bother you unless you approach the door. Then they will dive at you and grab your hair and have been known to pull the hats off of visitors. Stay across the driveway and they will not bother you.
How do you plan to be buried?
There are thousands of cemeteries in this great country. And in those cemeteries, there are thousands of mausoleums. For those who do not know what a mausoleum is, it's a cute little stone house where dead people live...or, I should say, where they stay dead.
Mausoleums date back to Egypt and Rome when kings and the wealthy had elaborate tombs constructed for their entire families to rest out in eternity. Today, most mausoleums are still used to house family members. but not all. Some only hold the mortal remains of a husband and wife. Possibly, they didn't like their family and refused to spend an eternity with them. For the most part, mausoleums are created by folks who what to say, "See! I was rich when I was alive but now I'm just as dead as any other citizen who has died.
Most mausoleums are built of stone. Marble and granite are favorite materials that are used. But some are constructed of brick. The idea is to create a structure that will last for centuries and, for the most part, they do.
This blog highlights many mausoleums in cemeteries that I have toured in the Akron, Ohio area. I have added a few other mausoleum pictures that I've found because of interesting factors. But most are from Akron and surrounding area cemeteries.
~ Mount Hope Cemetery ~
1368 Sweitzer Ave. Akron, Summit County, Ohio 44301
Eliza Filler Mausoleum
The Filler mausoleum is the only mausoleum in Mount Hope Cemetery.
My 1930 Chevy at the back of the Filler mausoleum.
~ Glendale Cemetery (Akron Rural Cemetery) ~
150 Glendale Ave. Akron, Summit County, Ohio USA Phone: 330-253-2317.
Cypress Drive. The main road through Glendale is lined with mausoleums on both sides.
Established in 1839, Glendale Cemetery (Original name: Akron Rural Cemetery), originally was inspired by Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass. At the beginning, Glendale was comprised of 88-acres. In 1850, Oak Openings, a smaller 8-acre cemetery was incorporated into the site.
Then in 1891, another area called the "western section" was added. When driving through the main gate of Glendale, several structures catch your attention. To the left on the hill, is the Bell Tower, then there's the office, the Gate Lodge and the Civil War Chapel. (The Chapel has it's own Find-A-Grave page). The Civil War Chapel was built to commemerate Akron's Civil War dead. Names of those who did not return are inscribed on the interior walls. The basement is a tomb for those who did return. There are hundreds of veteran's graves from all the wars at Glendale.
But what makes Glendale Cemetery stand out are the graves and family plots of Akron's famous. Industrialists, bankers, businessmen, tycoons, people of politics, etc. Names like Miller, Robinson, Saalfield, Seiberling, Perkins, Sherbondy, Young, Howard, the list goes on. Cypress Ave., the main road through Glendale is lined on both sides with the stately mausoleums of the turn-of-the-century wealthy. Designs range from gothic, egyptian, and modern to rustic, colonial and Victorian.
Alfred & Sarah Barber Mausoleum
Inscriptions appear on the door.
Bisbee - Janse Mausoleum
The Conger Mausoleum
I took pictures through a window. I don't know where the vaults are. Mayby in the floor.
The Conger mausoleum sits on the hill over Cypress Drive.
The Cummins mausoleum was constructed in 1860.
Commins Mausoleum. 1890s.
E.S. Day Mausoleum
On the driveway to the Civil War Chapel is found the Denham Mausoleum.
Denham Mausoleum. 1902.
Walter Franklin Mausoleum
Lions stand guard at each side of the entrance.
The crypts in the Franklin mausoleum are free-standing. Not in the walls. They hold the remains of Walter A. Franklin and his two wives.
My 1930 Chevy at the Franklin mausoleum.
Good - Dodge Families Mausoleum
Held Family mausoleum
Hill Family Mausoleum
George & Lydia Maag mausoleum
William McFarlin Mausoleum
Fred and Emma Mustill operated the first general store and meat market along the Ohio canalway.
The Mustill's the only two in this mausoleum.
Egyptian carvings were popular in the 1920s and 1930s.
All sorts of strange things about this mausoleum.
Egyptian carvings are all around the structure.
The window. Sun glare...or something else???
Located up the driveway from the Civil War Chapel.
G.J. Renner Mausoleum
Robinson Family Mausoleum
Founders of Robinson Clay Products. Makers of sewer pipes and other clay pipes.
In the fall.
Looking over from the hilltop.
Sisler family mausoleum
Stadelman - Grant Mausoleum
Paul Werner founded and ran a book publishing company in Akron.
A little something differant. On the roof is a stone birdhouse.
McCalliard - Rowley Mausoleum
Bertram Work Mausoleum
Frederick Work Mausoleum
Yeager owned and operated a large department store in downtown Akron in the 1920s through the 1950s.
~ Tallmadge Cemetery ~
South Avenue Tallmadge, Summit County, Ohio 44278
The original recieving vault at the cemetery is now used as a stoarge shed.
Inscription is 1881, the year it was built.
The doors are heavy steel plate.
Massive stone columes make up the corners.
Treat Family Mausoleum
This is the only mausoleum at Tallmadge Cemetery. The building is hidden all spring and summer because it's covered completely with vines.
Statue on top.
The winter time is the only time of the year when this mausoleum can actually be seen. That's when the vines die off and the leaves are gone.
By the looks of the door, no one has entered this structure in a lot of years.
~ Mount Peace Cemetery ~
183 Aqueduct Drive Akron, Summit County, Ohio 44303-2001.
This mausoleum was originally built for a family who never used it. The cemetery bought it, had it's name inscribed over the doors and then used it for a recieving vault to store bodies during the winter months when the ground was frozen. Now it's used only for storage.
Koch Family Mausoleum
Next to the cemetery vault, is the Koch family mausoleum.
The Moon Vaults/Mausoleum
The Moon family vaults are differant than the standard mausoleum. But it is above-ground entombment.
Through a large, stone door at the end, caskets were placed on three layers. Horace Moon and his two wives are entombed there.
Large hinges hold the end door in place.
The Moon's name inscriptions on the side.
To compare the size of this massive burial vault, I parked our 1994 Chevy Corsica next to it.
The Schoeninger mausoleum. 1906.
The Kull family mausoleum. 1901.
~ East Akron Cemetery ~
1135 East Market Street Akron, Summit County, Ohio 44305-3226
The main mausoleum is located at the very back of the cemetery.
Window at the end of the mausoleum.
The mausoleum sits on a hill at the very back of the cemetery.
The Viall family were Akron area undertakers. This mausoleum was built in 1902.
Statue and date at the top of the mausoleum.
The Henry Robinson mausoleum.
The newer Subotin family mausoleum.
The interior. No, these aren't orbs. It's simply sun glare...or is it!
The Robinson mausoleum. 1900.
The Akers family mausoleum. 1911.
~ Holy Cross Cemetery ~
100 E Waterloo Rd Akron, Summit County, Ohio Phone: 330-724-1297
Right inside the main gate is this large mausoleum. There are many vaults inside.
Right inside the door, there is a very nice area for prayer or resting. (I fell asleep sitting on the bench a few years ago. I slept for about 30-minutes).
A few of the vaults are "free standing".
There are two hallways of vaults.
My 1930 Chevy at the new mausoleum.
Candles can be lit for loved ones.
Joseph & Bessie Donzelli are the only occupants.
One of Joe's hats rests on top of the vaults.
The Blanco family mausoleum. The steel toward is behind the mausoleum. Not on top of it.
~ St. Vincent Cemetery ~
West Market Street Akron, Summit County, Ohio 44303
The only mausoleum in the cemetery, originally it was used as a recieving vault where bodies were placed during the winter months when the ground was too hard for digging graves. Today, it's used as the cemetery shed.
~ Oakwood Cemetery ~
2420 Oakwood Drive Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio 44221
The Phillips Mausoleum
This mausoleum was constructed in 1914 for Benjamin F. Phillips and his wife, Jemima (Hoffman). They are the only two in the structure.
New mausoleum built for the Zucco family. Most vaults are used with only one or two still empty.
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