Sandusky, Ohio: Cholera Cemetery - Mass Grave

357 cholera epidemic victims were buried in a pit here in 1849. The graveyard features a metal "Cholera Cemetery" gate and a pillar honoring doctors and nurses. The corpses were buried by the town drunk, who was immune thanks to his preference for alcohol over water.
Address:
Harrison St., Sandusky, OH
Directions:
Northwest edge of the city. From US Hwy 6 turn north onto Harrison St. Drive one block. You'll see the cemetery entrance on the left.
Admission:
Free
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Cholera Cemetery - Mass Grave

I never even knew this existed. It is hidden off of the main road, but worth a stop. A neat piece of Sandusky's history.

[Kathryn Ohm, 04/09/2012]
Cholera Cemetery - Mass Grave

In 1849, a cholera epidemic struck Ohio in which thousands of Ohioans died, including approximately 400 Sandusky residents. Most of the victims were buried in a mass grave on Harrison St., near Sandusky Bay. The cemetery consists of a big metal gate, with CHOLERA CEMETERY in block letters, a few individual gravestones, and a pillar to honor doctors, nurses, and other caregivers.

According to ohiohistorycentral.org: "The cemetery was restored in 1924. It has been neglected since 1850." Whatever that means. Each time I've been there (the last being about 3 years ago), the grass has been mowed and the monuments have been standing.

[Ellen, 07/04/2011]

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