Safe In Their Alabaster Chambers


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Safe In Their Alabaster Chambers

Discarded tombstones lie in the city dump in this image from 1958. A sacrilege or merely economic progress? Many were eventually removed and preserved in the herb garden behind the Lakewood Historical Society's Oldest Stone House.

Mars Wagar's dream of owning his own piece of heaven became a reality for the educated pioneer. Mr. Wagar was a mathematician, a surveyor, and fluent in several languages. He even helped to build Lakewood's first log cabin schoolhouse on the corners of Detroit and Nicholson Roads. Wagar's 111 acre investment did much to boost the economic progress of his village, but it also did something greater. It allowed family, friends, and neighbors the opportunity to build a history - their own history through their stories of hardship and loss. It continues to allow a community to remember its first members and their contributions to a place they consider home.

Image courtesy of Cleveland State Library Special Collections


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