Staff Pick: 200 Years of Stories and Stones cemetery tour

By Columbus Alive
From the May 31, 2012 edition

Green Lawn Cemetery is home to what remains of some of Columbus’ most famous (and infamous) residents. A tour this weekend is designed to give visitors an idea, albeit a slightly macabre one, of the city’s 200-year history. The self-guided tour is free; visitors will be greeted at 15 or so graves by volunteers who will share stories about individuals and families who shaped Columbus.

Green Lawn is Columbus’ most prominent cemetery, akin to Chicago’s Graceland, New Orleans’ St. Louis or Lafayette cemeteries, or even Paris’ Pere Lachaise Cemetery. Among the people buried at Green Lawn are city founder Lucas Sullivant, artist Alice Schille, retail magnate Simon Lazarus, steel baron Gordon Battelle and Gov. James A. Rhodes.

Visitors should first stop at the Huntington Chapel, through the west gate off Greenlawn and Harmon, for a map. The tour can be completed by foot or car. Horse-drawn carriage rides will also be available.

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