Avon Center Cemetery, Avon, Lorain Co., Ohio

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Avon Center Cemetery, Avon, Lorain Co., Ohio

Post by Steve Galehouse » Sat Jul 24, 2010 5:55 pm

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Today I stopped at an old cemetery(est. 1814) which has become surrounded by major roadways and shopping centers. The site is interesting because it rests on top of an Indian mound---a very distinct hill in an otherwise very flat area. The hill/mound has many old and picturesque eastern red-cedars, and red-cedars were virtually the only trees there.
Red cedars Avon Cemetery.jpg
Red cedars Avon Cemetery2.jpg
Red cedar bark detail Avon Cemetery.jpg
The only other tree of note was a single, gnarly Austrian pine at the crest of the mound
Austriasn pine with red cedar.jpg
Austrian pine bark.jpg
. The tallest red-cedar was 57' and 5' 10'' CBH. Another was 51' and 6' 1'' CBH. The Austrian pine was only in the mid-30's, but was obviously very old.

Many of the gravestones were weathered to the point of being illegible, and many had toppled or were broken
Discolored gravestone 1826.jpg
. The oldest marker I found was 1816. There were also two sizable holes in the ground, probably from a woodchuck, but it wouldn't take too much imagination to consider some of the interred were returning
Escape route.jpg
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Re: Avon Center Cemetery, Avon, Lorain Co., Ohio

Post by James Parton » Sat Jul 24, 2010 8:32 pm

Steve,

I wonder what the indians used the mound for? Burial? If so, it is two cemeteries in one!

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Re: Avon Center Cemetery, Avon, Lorain Co., Ohio

Post by edfrank » Sat Jul 24, 2010 10:01 pm

Avon Mounds History
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_de ... ?wp=GCJEWQ

From the book:Ancient Man In Northern Ohio by Raymond C. Vietzen; Copyright 1941
avon_mound.jpg
[The image above] shows the great cemetery mound at Avon Center, Ohio [circa 1940] . This mound is in Lorain County and located only a few miles south of Lake Erie. It was made and used for burials by the Eries and later, as white men settled here, it became the cemetery of the white man. The number of monuments will attest to how long ago it became a cemetery.

The author recently saw skulls of the Eries that were taken from this mound by the sexton of the cemetery, back in 1900. Mr. Walker, a local farmer, was the sexton who found these remains. He also found some beads and arrows but these he had lost several years before our interview. This man also stated that many of the skulls were so badly decayed that he paid no attention to them. He saved some that were perfect and well preserved.

The shape and size of this mound is confusing because of the many monuments covering it. We judge the entire mound covers well over half an acre of ground as it appears today. Notice there is much more to the cemetery than than located on the mound itself. As far as we were able to find out, no excavations of an archaeological nature have ever been undertaken on this mound; therefore we offer it to the reader with the little information we were able to gather from the sexton of the cemetery.
Archaeological excavation of the Burrell Orchard site
http://www.avonhistory.org/hist/shefdig8.htm

The Erie Indians, Avon, Ohio
http://www.avonhistory.org/hist/erind.htm
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Re: Avon Center Cemetery, Avon, Lorain Co., Ohio

Post by Steve Galehouse » Sat Jul 24, 2010 10:23 pm

Ed-

Nice find! Judging from the historical photo.there was at least one Norway spruce present on the site. It's no longer there, but some of the same red-cedars are. I think different cultures can sense the significance of certain sites, and this might be one of them.

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Re: Avon Center Cemetery, Avon, Lorain Co., Ohio

Post by edfrank » Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:42 pm

Steve,

I regularly look up locations about which people post on the internet using metacrawler after reading their reports. If I find something of historical, geological, or other related material, or if a tree species catches my eye, I post about it in a reply. This should be considered an homage to the original post as I would not have looked up the location or trees if the original post had not piqued my interest. I came across this article that mentioned the Indian burials in the mound that addressed James's comments and it included the photo. I always like to find old photos of the site to provide a look into the past at a specific location. I sometime like to include maps and air photos because these help to give me personally sense of place for areas I have not seen myself.

(When using Mitch's database I was able to pick out using the GPS picking option the specific trees for which I had measurements. Likely you could do the same for this cemetery location.)

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Re: Avon Center Cemetery, Avon, Lorain Co., Ohio

Post by Steve Galehouse » Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:31 pm

Ed, ENTS-

Here is a Google Map image showing the degree to which this mound/cemetery has been isolated by "development":
Avon Cenmetery detail.JPG
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Re: Avon Center Cemetery, Avon, Lorain Co., Ohio

Post by James Parton » Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:40 am

In my opinion white man should have left it alone, in respect to the indians. That is my opinion.

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