In Cleveland You Can Have A Zen-Like Experience Without Being Dead

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Real Estate Agent with Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office

Reflecting Pond In Lake View Cemetery, photo by Carole CohenI'm not kidding; look at the photo I snapped of the Reflecting Pond across from Wade Chapel in Lake View Cemetery. Yes, it is that peaceful and gorgeous. Elliot Ness had his ashes scattered in this pond. Are you curious? Are you curious about all the other famous people buried in the hundreds of acres that make up Lake View? Then read on!

My friend and author Casey Daniels was the host of a Lolly the Trolley Tour sponsored by the Fairview Park Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library System. The Tour had a mystery 'bent' to it; Casey's Pepper Martin books take place in Cleveland neighborhoods like Little Italy and Ohio City. And Pepper Martin, the Series Heroine, works at Lakeview, errrr, Gardenview cemetery when she' not solving murders. It was a great reason to get out and explore Cleveland on a sunny, 85 degree day. We toured other places like Erie Street Cemetery, The Rock Hall and The West Side Market, but the highlight was Lake View Cemetery.

What is Lake View and what is so special about a cemetery? I call it Cleveland's Central Park. Lake View was built in the 1860s and modeled after great cemeteries in Europe. It encompasses almost 300 acres of land, with walkable trails, memorials, thousands of tombstones that are works of art in themselves. Here are some highlights of other famous NE Ohioans (and famous people from elsewhere who adopted NE Ohio) buried there:

Jeptha Wade: he founded Western Union but was also very attuned to nature. He was responsible for building Wade Park (yes it's named after him) and was the first President of the Lake View Cemetery Association. How fitting that Wade Chapel is a memorial to him. I had never been inside before. The walls are lined with Tiffany-style mosaics detailing Old Testament rules and regulations and the Flight of the Souls Tiffany Favrille window (the focal point of the chapel) is truly breathtaking. Factoid: The original green coke bottle used Tiffany style glass!

Dr. Harvey Williams Cushing: A famous brain surgeon who went on to amass a library of books that became the heart of the original Yale University Medical Library. He was considered one of, if not THE greatest neurosurgeon of the 20th Century. Oh yes, and like so many other people from our great area, he invented or enhanced a lot of things: he introduced the use of XRAYS for patient diagnosis; he also invented a thing to measure blood pressure. (Some day I will have to do a post on all the great inventions that arise from our area...I think it's the smell of the smokestacks that enhanced creativity lol)

James Garfield: Who only wound up being President of the U.S. for three months, but that was only because he was assassinated. His memorial was breathtaking. (See photo taken from top floor deck; I enjoyed the soaring of a hawk from that vantage point but was not able to capture him on camera). His memorial is Gothic and beautiful and well worth the trip inside. He was a famous Civil War Officer and that is how he came to be the 20th President of the United States.

John D. Rockefeller: Unless you live in a cave (or are under 30), you know who this guy is. He founded Standard Oil in 1870 and the rest is history. It was not one of the City of Cleveland's best moves, aggravating Mr. Rockefeller, who left Cleveland in a snit and of course went on to spend the rest of his time in NYC. It was most definitely our loss. However he made his mark here. There were SO MANY ancillary companies that grew and operated because of Standard Oil.

Carl B. Stokes: The first African American Mayor of a major city in the United States. I was in awe of him when I was in my 20s as he sat at the dinner table with other creative thinkers of his time discussing his vision for Cleveland. (no, I was not lucky enough to have him at MY home, but I WAS lucky to have friends who knew him). Besides being Mayor, he served as a Municipal Judge and later became a U.S. Ambassador (appointed by President Clinton) to The Seychelles. There are 21 other Cleveland Mayors buried in Lake View.

I think you get the idea. There are way too many famous people to name; they obviously wanted to be buried there for the same reason I want to keep visiting; it's beautiful. You do not however, need to be famous to be buried there. 285 pastoral acres to walk in complete serenity. You can do tours that originate at the Cemetery; you can hire Lolly the Trolley to take you there with forty of your friends; or you can obviously just go on your own, which is how I had previously explored sections of Lake View. One of my friends commented on Sunday, that you could go once a month for the rest of your life and probably not experience every thing there is to offer.

So whether you are visiting the Cleveland area or you live here, I highly recommend meandering to one of our Citie's great treasures. Peace Out - 3C

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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
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Mitchell: apparently, back in the day, people took carriages to and through the cemetery and would spend the day there with picnic lunches. So that is like C Park! lol

Linda: geeze, if they would let me go in after dark I am sure I could find a few ghosts.  Casey found some for her book, after all lol

Oct 27, 2007 03:14 AM #17
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Cecilia Sherrard
YouShouldOwn.com - Cleveland, OH

I always learn something new when I read your posts...You're like my tour guide in my own city! I love the title and clicked on it because I was curious if I fit the category of being dead and what I was missing if I were... Thank God I'm not! (No offence Mr. Ness)

Sigh- I need to get out more...

Oct 28, 2007 08:10 PM #18
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
Cecilia you are very kind! Something tells me you could teach me a thing or two about the neighborhoods as well! As for being dead or alive well, I should be asleep and if I don't go soon MY zen like state will transform
Oct 29, 2007 06:41 PM #19
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate
Carole, how fascinating and beautiful all at the same time.  As others have said, you are a great tour guide and ambassador for your city as it definitely sounds like a special community with great history and charm!
Oct 30, 2007 06:33 AM #20
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Jay McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Exeter, NH
Real Estate Broker
See, ya learn something new everyday. I didn't know John D. was from Cleveland. I really like the photo you took.
Oct 30, 2007 10:03 AM #21
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
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Hi Jay! People talk about Cleveland pissing off Rockefeller the way the fans talk about Boston trading The Babe lol.  Thanks for you r  kind words.
Oct 30, 2007 02:25 PM #22
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate
Hi Carole:  I remember Carl Stokes so well.  He had such a great voice, and was an excellent speaker.  He always carried himself so well... and, I think, was great for the city of Cleveland.  Thanks for sharing...
Oct 30, 2007 05:29 PM #23
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Karen Anne Stone
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Hi Again, Carole:  I had not checked your blog for awhile, and after reading the above post, I went and checked.  I really enjoy your writing.  So, here is a request.  You need to write more... so I can read more of your posts.  Take care...
Oct 30, 2007 05:32 PM #24
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Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
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Hi Carole,  Yes, your title was catchy, but I loved your photograph!  I do quite a bit of landscape photography myself, so I can appreciate it.
Oct 31, 2007 04:13 PM #25
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Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
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Awesome photo Carole...I love how it reflects in the water. Sounds like a very peaceful and interesting place.
Nov 03, 2007 07:08 AM #26
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
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Carl was a fabulous speaker Karen how true. lol I have been writing mostly on my other blog sorry and thank you.

Gail I checked out your blog and you do wonders with interior photos. thank you!

Moni it's beautiful and I may have to go see some leaf color now that the leaves are finally changing...we were late with that here.

Nov 04, 2007 01:31 AM #27
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
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Hi Carole:  Would you please insert a link to your other blog so I could visit it.  Also, I just went to your website, and only saw the green and yellow of Howard Hanna.  Is any trace of SC pretty much gone now ?
Nov 04, 2007 04:04 PM #28
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
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Hi Karen how are you? Long day today sorry. Yes we are green and yellow now. LOL  There are still a few SC guys, luckily LB is still one of them he rocks.  This is my other blog.  Do you have an outside blog too?
Nov 05, 2007 10:55 AM #29
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Hi Carole:  I had been working towards setting up an outside blog with The Real Estate Tomato.  But since coming down with bronchitis three weeks ago, I have put that on hold until I get back to what I call "normal."  Please share with me... what kind of benefits have you found with your having an outside blog?  I would really love some extensive feedback.  What do you hope to gain with your outside blog ?  Any hints for me on setting it up ?

I have already observed a moment of silence for the passing away of the last remnants of good ol' Smythe,Cramer.  I really enjoyed my seven years there, and am sad to see them "go."

Nov 05, 2007 04:14 PM #30
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Shannon Lefevre
John R. Wood Properties - Naples, FL
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Hi Carole.  So is it true that if you live in Ohio you are required to be a Buckeye's fan?
Nov 14, 2007 07:09 AM #31
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
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Shannon they are pretty rabid here!  I showed a home I am convinced they wrote an offer on because it was painted in Buckeye colors lolol.  There are some Michigan fans here too of course, esp in NE Ohio because of the proximity to Michigan, they are transplants lol. 
Nov 14, 2007 10:53 AM #32
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
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Hi Carole:  Yes, they are from Michigan, but... nobody's perfect.  My sister lives in Mentor, and is a rabidly fanatical Buckeyes fan.
Nov 15, 2007 04:28 PM #33
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Gabriel Silverstein
Angelic Real Estate, LLC - New York, NY
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Carole, you've disappeard from the blog board.  I am hardly one to talk, since it took me a month to catch your comment on my last blog here and the separate note on our residential site's blog page.  Come back, even if I'm not here much, please!
Nov 18, 2007 01:50 PM #34
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belinda fulton
Berkshire Hathaway homeservices - Willowick, OH

Great article and that picture reminds me why I love Cleveland.

May 27, 2008 09:57 AM #35
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
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Karen, Mentor is beautiful this time of year! Well normally, if it ever warms up!

Gabriel, we must both be really busy and that is a good thing; I"m not gone just busy! TY for saying hello though!

Hi Belinda, nice to meet you here; people who've not had the chance to see NE Ohio probably don't know what they are missing!

May 27, 2008 05:17 PM #36
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