Take free walking tour of Green Lawn Cemetery on Columbus’ South Side

A bust of Gustavus Swan, by artist Nina Menduni, at Green Lawn Cemetery.

Green Lawn Cemetery is one of Central Ohio’s gems. In fact, in a 2020 Weekend Wanderlust column, Kevin J. Elliott posited that the 360-acre South Side cemetery might be the greatest museum in Columbus.

“At the time Green Lawn was founded, attitudes about death were influenced more by the Romantics and the arts. Death wasn’t seen as dark anymore,” Randy Rogers, president of the Green Lawn Cemetery Association, told Elliott. “These cemeteries just outside of the city were a part of the rural cemetery movement. You wanted a cemetery with green space, natural topography and old growth. Green Lawn actually came before Columbus’ first city park, which was Goodale in 1850.”

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To go deeper into Green Lawn and its history, Columbus Landmarks is offering a series of spring walking tours led by local author and historian Doreen Uhas Sauer, a Columbus treasure herself. According to Columbus Landmarks, “These are special thematic walks that explore the history of the rural cemetery movement at Green Lawn and the evolution of the cemetery from a private burial ground for prominent citizens to a public cemetery.”

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