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Wooster Digital History Project

Wooster Cemetery Tour

By Elisabeth Abell

Before 1853, the townspeople of Wooster buried their dead either in small family cemeteries or in church cemeteries. It might have stayed this way, if not for the efforts of Kimball Porter, John Larwill, Cyrus Spink, John Coulter, Constant Lake, James Johnson, James Jacobs, Ephraim Quinby, Henry Lehman, Lucas Flattery, Levi Cox, Eugene Pardee, Reason B. Stibbs, Horace Howard, and David Robison. Together, these prominent businessmen of Wooster founded the Wooster Cemetery Association with the intention of building a private cemetery for all of Wooster’s citizens. They purchased the land across from Madison Hill, just south of Wooster, for an average $100 per acre of land. Today, the Wooster Cemetery Association is still thriving and continues to expand with the generous help of community members.

While the Wooster Digital History Crew appreciates your curiosity about this cemetery, we would like to remind you that this land is privately-owned. Therefore, please do not take photos in the Cemetery without permission, and use your best judgment on how to treat these grave sites respectfully. Thank you.