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REMEMBERING THOSE IN THE WOOD COUNTY PAUPERS’ CEMETERY

Wood County Museum to Dedicate Monument

Join the Wood County Historical Center & Museum on Saturday, April 6th from 2pm-4pm for a tribute to those buried in the Wood County Paupers’ Cemetery with a special monument dedication.

With the help of the Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, the identity of approximately 250 individuals buried on the grounds of the Historical Center will now be publicly recognized and identified.

  • Out of necessity, a cemetery lot was needed on the grounds as a final resting place for residents who had no family or money. The gravesites are marked with simple numbered stones. Unfortunately, the Infirmary’s Cemetery records were destroyed in a fire, so very little information is available about who is buried there. The entrance is marked with the name Sunset Acre. Right: Superintendent Wayne Roe pictured here, circa 1950s.

The Museum is located at 13660 County Home Rd. in Bowling Green, OH. Dress for the weather. In case of rain, the event will move inside the museum. Feel free to bring your own lawn chair.

The cemetery monument project was made possible by the generous members of our community: William Adams, Bob & Millie Broka, James & Jackie Instone, Jim Palmer Excavating, Wilma Rolf, Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, and the 2018 Wood County Historical Society Board of Directors. Contributions are still being accepted & can be made at woodcountyhistory.org or by calling the Museum at 419-352-0967.

Also on April 6th, will be a free Demonstration Day featuring the Northwest Ohio Blacksmiths Association as they keep the art of blacksmithing stoked in the heart of Wood County with an Open Forge Demonstration from 9 AM – 2 PM. Watch seasoned blacksmiths or try your hand at this lost art.

The Museum is open with free admission from 10 AM – 4 PM. The Museum is handicap accessible and group tours are welcome. All events detailed at woodcountyhistory.org or by following the Wood County Historical Museum on social media.

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