Westlake Historical Society invites you to annual cemetery tour

The Westlake Historical Society is excited to present the very popular Evergreen Cemetery Walk. The event will be held held this year on Saturday, May 17, 1-3 p.m.

Join longtime residents portrayed by historical society members and volunteers as they help the cemetery, located on Center Ridge Road between Porter and Crocker, to come alive. Those wishing to attend, please meet under the Evergreen arch at 1 p.m. Tours will begin with the laying of a wreath at the entrance to the cemetery. It will end at the 200-year-old Moses Cleaveland Tree in the back of the cemetery, with refreshments. There is no cost for this community event, but your donations to continue the work of the Westlake Historical Society are appreciated.

Join us as we re-enact early Dover Township citizens during the living history tour. Along the way, you will meet Leverett Johnson, considered the first settler of Westlake, as he cleared this land in south Dover. He built a log cabin at Porter and Center Ridge roads for himself and wife, Abigail, in 1814. He is buried at Evergreen, which consists of his donated land.

Also on the tour is Leonard Porter (1806-1884), who donated his personal collection of books and funds to establish what we know today as Westlake Porter Public Library.

The tour also features Walter Clague, whose family homestead was deeded to the community in 1926, as well as many other prominent past citizens. The cemetery tour is a wonderful way to honor those who have gone before us and who played a part in our rich history.

Please wear comfortable shoes. Parking is available in the soccer field parking lot just east of the cemetery. For more information please contact the Westlake Historical Society at 440-808-1961.

Lysa Stanton

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:55 AM, 05.13.2014