Come enjoy a nice stroll around Green Lawn Cemetery this weekend.

Spring Walk at Green Lawn Cemetery (1000 Greenlawn Avenue Columbus) is happening this Sunday Apr 29 from 2-4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members and can be purchased online at

Join the guided walking tour of historic Green Lawn Cemetery. The spring walk will focus on trees of the ancient and original mixed forest that became Green Lawn Cemetery. In addition, some of the oldest graves of Columbus notables like Dr. Benjamin Gard rest here. Gard was the first adult burial in Green Lawn and died saving others in the 1848-1849 Columbus cholera epidemic. You will explore how the cemetery came into being, the original site of the superintendent’s house, and the stories behind the architectural and historical markers in this premier Victorian cemetery and very special park.

Tour is led by Randy Rodgers, executive director and naturalist of Green Lawn, and Doreen Uhas-Sauer, Education and Outreach Coordinator for Columbus Landmarks. This two hour tour begins at the Huntington Chapel, located near the center of the cemetery.

Tour revenue will be dedicated to a grave marker for the first firefighter to die in the line of duty in Columbus. Mark Newman perished in the Woolen Mills fire in 1870 but has no marker. We’ll visit the site and learn more about Mark’s life and plans to honor his memory.

Get some fresh air this weekend while learning about the local history!

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