Thursday, April 14, 2016

L is for Lake View Cemetery

Cleveland is Cooler Than You Think!
All over the media, in tv and movies, Cleveland gets made fun of. In this year's A-Z Challenge, I'm here to show you everything Cleveland has to offer!

L is for Lake View Cemetery

President Garfield Monument, Lake View Cemetery
(photo: Wikipedia)
When someone mentioned to me that we just had to go visit Lake View Cemetery, my first question was, Why? 

I'm not really a cemetery type of girl unless I'm at a funeral, so why would I want to go visit one for fun? 

What  I found out is that Lake View Cemetery, in Cleveland, is more than just a cemetery it's more like a beautiful park with a monument to President Garfield, a chapel that holds weddings, and an entire hill planted with more than 10,000 gorgeous daffodils.

It was founded in 1869 and is 258 acres that were designed to be like the beautiful garden cemeteries of Victorian England and France that mix charming landscapes with memorial sculptures and architecture.

The cemetery offers many different tours of the grounds, where you can see the Rockefeller Monument and other famous people's tombs. But their website stresses that you don't have to be famous to be buried there.  

The Garfield monument houses many different relics from his presidency as well as his and Mrs. Garfield's tomb.

The small Wade Chapel is known for it's beautiful Tiffany windows and it's Biblical mosaics.

You can catch glimpses of the cemetery in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it was also featured in a PBS documentary called A Cemetery Special.

Our friends did convince us to go visit when the kids were much younger and all they remember of it is seeing the daffodils in bloom, which was beautiful. I'd like to go back again and spend a little more time walking around this time.


Doggy Style (It's really not what you think!)

My three kids have taken up the habit of naming all the different positions our beagle Rory gets himself into.  Most of the time even I can't quite figure out why they chose the names they did but I thought it might put a smile on everyone's face to share in this silliness!

L is for Loud
While "loud" isn't really a name, Rory is definitely loud a lot!  He loves to howl at deer, squirrels, and any people that he doesn't think belong anywhere near our house which is adorable and a great safety feature, but when the moon is full, he howls most of the day and it can be a little much! :)

Have you ever visited a cemetery for a tour?  Does your dog bark more on a full moon?

Kathy :)


  1. More than 10,000 daffodils! That's like more daffodils than words in a whole A-to-Z Challenge (depending upon who you are)!

  2. wow! A cemetery has so much to offer for sight-seeing! Incredible.
    Have never been to a cemetery for a tour!

  3. Hi Kathy. Who could have thought that a cemetery tour would have so much to offer. Liked reading about it...