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Here comes Spring, and along with it, perhaps the urge to walk around our beautiful town! Why not install the Next Exit History app on your smartphone (or stop in the Visitor Center at 27 E. Main St.) and pick an interesting destination here in Hudson. Thanks to grants from the Reinberger Foundation and the Hudson Community Foundation, Destination Hudson and Hudson Heritage Association are busy populating the app with all sorts of historic sites in our town.
The Old Hudson Township Burying Ground on Chapel Street is an easy stroll from downtown, the oldest of five cemeteries in Hudson. Many of Hudson's earliest families are buried here, including Ruth and Owen Brown, parents of famous abolitionist John Brown; David Hudson, founder of our town, and many soldiers from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. The last internment was in 1900.
There was an inventory taken in 1921, identifying 185 names in the graveyard. The Anna Lee Chapter of Questers undertook the restoration of 10 tombstones in 1982. In that same year, the Hudson Heritage Association produced rubbings and photographs of the gravestones and their history. Markers of men who served in the War of 1812 were added in 2012.The David Hudson Chapter of Questers produced an invaluable flyer compiling all this information, and it is available at the entrance to the Burying Ground and also at the Visitor Center.
Two interesting facts about this cemetery are that most of the stones face the setting sun, as was the custom in the 1800s, and that part of the land for the burial ground came from an apple orchard owned by Hudson founder David Hudson, who retained lifetime rights to the apples.
Tom Vince, Hudson historian extraordinaire and archivist for Western Reserve Academy, have a history-filled tour of the Old Hudson Township Burying Ground, and I've included the link if you want more information before or during your own visit: https://hudsoncommunitytv.viebit.com/player.php?hash=d00fcfbab51f62ce7d743e8fd32e2268
A final note -- a future column will be a follow-up to the story of the Evamere Estate and Gatehouse. I've talked to Homer Cross who lived in the Gatehouse for several years in the early 1950s. If you have memories or pictures from Evamere Hall, the Gatehouse or the estate, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.