Marion, Ohio: Mysterious Moving Tombstone

A headstone topped by an orb that rotates when no one is looking.

Marion Cemetery

620 Delaware Ave., Marion, OH
Marion Cemetery. Enter the cemetery from Delaware Ave. Drive straight in, bearing left, until you come to a T. Turn right, then make first left. Then bear left at the fork and the tombstone will be on the right; a big orb on a pedestal surrounded by smaller balls on the ground. Name on the pedestal is C.B. Merchant.
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The moving tombstone is still there and, according to locals, still moving. It took me two visits to find it. Clues to finding the stone have not been plentiful and the cemetery actually contains two big stone spheres surrounded by a bunch of smaller spheres. Both have some dates from the late nineteenth century so I guess this sort of thing was kind of popular back then.

The mover is in the north east part of the cemetery. Remember: Merchant not Morrow.

[Denny Gibson, 05/10/2008]
Mysterious Moving Tombstone

In 1896, the Merchant family erected a beautiful grave monument for their plot in Marion Cemetery. Within two years after its installation, someone noticed the 5,200 pound polished granite ball atop the Merchant pedestal had begun to rotate. The only unpolished spot on the ball was now visible, indicating the ball was on the move.

The Merchant family had the ball reset. The ball continued its unexplained motion. In 1929 it was featured in "Ripley's Believe It or Not" famous newspaper cartoons and the monument soon gained international recognition.

[Randy Winland, 10/14/2000]

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