Medina Spring Grove Cemetery

Ever since its creation in 1883, the Spring Grove Cemetery has been a very important part of Medina County. It actually holds quite an interesting origin story. Cemeteries are burial grounds that provide a means to honor and respect people after they have passed on. The Old Town Cemetery had been crumbling for years and teetered on the brink of maximum capacity; therefore the city council proposed the building of a new cemetery to house the dead (as the era of industrialism encouraged the building of new facilities), this cemetery later became known as Spring Grove Cemetery. After its creation, the Ladies’ Cemetery Association has worked relentlessly on the beautification of this remarkable landmark. They have hosted many fundraisers and volunteered immense amounts of time in order to create many of the beautiful structures in this wonderful cemetery such as the arched stone gateway, the two lakes funded by communal efforts, and the Soldiers Monument that honors soldiers and veterans from the Civil War to the Vietnam conflict. It has become a place of great honor for the dead of our city, especially for those who have served or fallen in the many wars in which they bravely served. They are honored every year on the final Monday of every May when we conclude our Memorial Day Parade at Spring Grove Cemetery and hold a ceremony on Soldiers Mound to pay our respects those who have served or given their lives for the sake of others. Since its humble beginnings this cemetery has provided a final resting place to our ancestors, family, friends and veterans, all of whom can now be at peace, forever.

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Stone Arc Entryway

Stone Arc Entryway

This beautiful archway was built by the Ladies' Cemetery Association in 1892. They constructed this massive sandstone entrance to Spring Grove Cemetery through many fundraisers and strenuous work. This monument has been there since the cemetery's creation and still has the entire Memorial day parade pass through it to end the ceremony every year. It is a relic of the past showing how much we the people of Medina are willing to do for the cemetery and shows that we never forget those people who have made this great county the place it is today and will continue to be for the many eyers to come. Image courtesy of Matthew View File Details Page

Soldiers Monument

Soldiers Monument

Realizing that over two decades have passed since the conclusion of the Civil War, The Spring Grove Cemetery deemed it necessary to erect a monument to honor those who have served or fallen in that event. During 1870-71, the Soldiers Monument Association pushed for a tax levy to fund this massive feat. On November, 21 1888, with the funds raised Daniel Hemmeter constructed this masterpiece. Throughout the years, this monument has also served as a reminder to those who have served or fallen in the later wars such as the World Wars, the Korean War, and the Vietnam conflict. Image Courtesy of Matthew View File Details Page

Generosity of Medina Citizens

Generosity of Medina Citizens

Throughout the years, Spring Grove Cemetery has undergone numerous renovations and additions. These renovations could only be made because the citizens of Medina were willing to donate innumerable amounts of money, time and other resources to be used to sanctify the cemetery.The people of Medina County are willing to go to great lengths to protect and maintain this cemetery and wish to respect the those who no longer with us, whether it be from old age, war, or any other means to an end. We honor and respect those who have lived in our county and continue to do so to this day and for many more to come. Image Courtesy of Medina Gazette July,12 1965 View File Details Page

Letha E. House Lake

Letha E. House Lake

This astonishing lake could never have survived to this day if not for the generous efforts of the Letha E. House Foundation. Prior to their financial assistance, this lake almost had been filled in and another but a mere slab of land. The Letha E. House Foundation graciously donated $329,000 for this old lake to be restored to its former glory and for a new lake to be created in their name. Additionally, Edward Mear wrote in his will that all of his assets would be left with the Friends of the Cemetery on a few conditions, one of which was to erect a columbarium wall around part of the lake to hold the ashes of those who were cremated. Image Courtesy of Matthew View File Details Page

Soldiers Mound Perennial Garden

Soldiers Mound Perennial Garden

In 1998, the Letha E. House Foundation generously donated this remarkable site to the Spring Grove Cemetery. After its creation, this garden became the location of the Soldiers Monument, a beautiful statue dedicated to the veterans and casualties of the Civil War and many wars to come. In later years, the citizens of Medina would come together annually on this sight to bestow great honor upon those who served or lost their lives in combat. It is carefully maintained under the watchful eye of the Friends of the Cemetery, who have generously volunteered their time to keep all aspects of this cemetery in check. View File Details Page

Audio

Matt Hartmen's Experence

Matt Hartmen talks about his experience as a groundskeeper for the Spring Grove Cemetery. View File Details Page

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Matthew & Cameron, “Medina Spring Grove Cemetery,” Discover Medina, accessed July 22, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/215.

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