The 5th Annual If Tombstones Could Talk Cemetery Walk took place on Sunday, October 7 at Brownhelm Cemetery. Guests strolled through the Brownhelm Cemetery and walked back in time to meet some of Brownhelm’s earliest pioneers and residents. Costumed re-enactors shared their life stories in a program that brought history to life.
Brownhelm Cemetery is located at the corner of North Ridge and Sunnyside Road. This free event was hosted by Brownhelm Historical Association, 1940 North Ridge Road in Vermilion, Ohio.
Historical Brownhelm Cemetery is the resting place of early settlers and prominent residents of the area, including:
Col. Henry Brown, a New Englander, was among the first pioneers who settled the area. The township was named after him. He was a successful businessman and civic leader. Brown helped found Oberlin College and was instrumental in the development of Case Western Reserve University.
Hannah James was the second wife of Ezekiel Goodrich, a well-known cabinetmaker. The couple had several children. They divorced in 1837, an act unheard of during the times.
George Bacon Sr., at the age of 17 years old, dumped tea into the Boston Harbor during the Revolutionary War-era incident known as the Boston Tea Party. He lived to be 85 years old.
Grandison Fairchild was the father of James H. Fairchild, third president of Oberlin College who was an abolitionist and took part of the 1858 Oberlin-Wellington Slave Rescue of the fugitive slave John Price. His sister, Harriet Fairchild Alverson, taught the first school in Brownhelm in her own home in 1819. Grandison was the first teacher in the first schoolhouse built next to his sister's home. He lived to be 98 years old.
Amanda Church Bacon was the wife of William S. Bacon, the grandson of Benjamin Bacon, one of the area's most famous pioneer settlers. He was justice of the peace, county commissioner, and owner of Bacon’s Mills. Her mother, Anna Bacon, was Benjamin Bacon’s third wife.