Today my Grandma and I had one of our “adventures” with the kids. Our adventures usually include long drives, exploring, wrong turns, and beautiful sights. Today we meandered around Spring Grove Cemetery in the mini-van. We wound our way around the entire cemetery, making frequent stops to get out and walk around. We used the provided maps and guides to learn about Cincinnati history by way of beautiful tombstones and mausoleums. There are so many dignitaries from Cincinnati’s past buried at Spring Grove…Beer Barons from years ago, city leaders, Civil War generals, business leaders, and more. You can use pamphlets provided by the Cemetery to help you identify some of the older historical burial sights. Or you can schedule a tour of Spring Grove (which I hope to do someday).
Because it was Memorial Day weekend, the visit was made even more special with us army flags displayed along roads and on each and every Civil War gravestone. There was also a piece of steel from the World Trade Center on display for the weekend. The conversation topics with the children were heavy at times (“What’s a Crematory?” “Why is there an Infant Section? Children die?”). But they asked honest questions and Grandma and I gave honest answers. We also took the opportunity to talk about the true meaning of Memorial Day, and talk about all of the people in our own family that served our country. It was the perfect place to talk about Memorial Day.
We wandered around for hours at Spring Grove, and had a beautiful visit. It’s one of my favorite places to walk in Cincinnati, and one of my favorite places to take pictures. Here’s a few pictures from our visit….
Spring Grove Cemetery: