Popular cemetery tour returns to Evergreen on May 20
The Westlake Historical Society is preparing to present our very popular Evergreen Cemetery Walk. It will be held this year on Saturday, May 20, 1-3 p.m.
Join historical past residents of our community, portrayed by historical society members and volunteers, as they help the cemetery to come alive! The tour will begin at 1 p.m. under the Evergreen Arch with the laying of a wreath at the entrance to the cemetery. It will end at the 200-year-old Moses Cleveland Tree in the back of the cemetery with refreshments. There is no cost for this community event, but your donations do help to continue the work of the Westlake Historical Society.
Join us as we re-enact early Dover Township citizens during the living history tour. Along the way, you will meet Leverett Johnson, who is considered the first settler of Westlake. In 1814, Johnson built a log cabin at Porter and Center Ridge roads for himself and wife, Abigail. It is fitting that they are buried at Evergreen, since they originally donated the land.
Also on the tour is Leonard Porter, who donated his personal collection of books and funds to establish what we know today as Westlake Porter Public Library. The tour also features Walter Clague, whose family homestead was deeded to the community in 1926, Jedediah Crocker and of other prominent past citizens. The cemetery tour is a wonderful way to honor those who have gone before us and learn about the part they played in our rich history.
Evergreen Cemetery is located at 29535 Center Ridge Road. Parking is available in the soccer field parking lot just east of the cemetery. For more information please contact the Westlake Historical Society at 216-848-0680.
Lysa Stanton is a retired special education teacher and the president of The Westlake Historical Society. She lives in Westlake with her wonderful husband, Dave and her awesome pets.