The OES visited originally visited Green Lawn Cemetery on August 25, 2002. We have since returned on numerous occasions, both during the day and at night. Green Lawn Cemetery was founded in 1848 in Columbus and is the second largest cemetery in Ohio. With nearly 150,000 burials and 360 acres, the cemetery is the final resting place of many notable people. Some of the most recognizable of these are listed below. The cemetery is also home to over 150 species of trees, including seven state champion trees. Due to the many trees within the cemetery, the entire grounds are considered a bird sanctuary. It is not uncommon to find bird watchers walking the grounds with binoculars and cameras.
The cemetery's monuments range from run-of-the-mill tombstones to obelisks to magnificent mausoleums. Most are in good condition, but there are some that have been damaged or worn by weather. According to the History of Franklin County, published in 1858, the first burial at Green Lawn Cemetery was a child A.F. Perry, who died on July 7, 1849. Doctor Benjamin F. Gard, who died of cholera on July 12, 1849 after responding to a cholera outbreak at the Ohio Penitentiary, was the second burial. The cemetery's main mausoleum is the Huntington Chapel. It was designed by famed architect Frank L. Packard and dedicated in 1902. There are several more mausoleums on the cemetery's property, including the small Gay mausoleum and the grand Hayden Mausoleum, the final resting place of Charles H. Hayden, the son of industrialist Peter Hayden.
During our visits, the cemetery has been in relatively good condition considering its size. This is due in part to the excellent groundskeeper staff and the work of volunteers. Green Lawn began an Adopt-A-Lot program in 2003 where anyone could register to tend a single grave or family plot, particularly those that have been forgotten with time. The Ohio Exploration Society adopted the Hayden Mausoleum, John Barr family plot, and Georgie Blount's grave. Adopting a lot is free and fun! For more information on adopting a lot, click here. Of course, with a cemetery this size it is almost expected to be haunted. There are said to be quite a few spirits roaming the grounds, including the Hayden Mausoleum, Huntington Chapel, and the location of Doctor Snook's grave. We have observed a few EMF spikes during our visits and have recorded some EVPs as well.