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In 1867, a roomful of men gathered in the office of a noted attorney to discuss Detroit's need for a rural cemetery. They decided to form an association and invested their own money to purchase a plot of land that had once been occupied by Native Americans and then French settlers, a few miles from the heart of the city. They chose this heavily wooded area because it offered many acres of land that could accommodate the growing need for more burial space, and it became the cornerstone of one of the city's oldest and most historic cemeteries, Woodmere Cemetery. Cemetery acreage has been bought and sold, and buildings on the grounds have been raised and later razed. Funeral procedures have changed, as well as cemetery ownership. Still, Woodmere has remained one of Detroit's most beautiful treasures, where visitors can take a historical step back into time. From the very rich to the very poor, many thousands have chosen Woodmere Cemetery to be their final resting place. Through archival images, Detroit's Woodmere Cemetery takes a look at the movers and shakers of Detroit found in these bucolic grounds and glimpses the ordinary citizens who have lived and died through extraordinary circumstances.
About the Author
Gail D. Hershenzon is an elementary teacher in the Detroit Public School District. She volunteers at Woodmere Cemetery, helping those doing family research and conducting cemetery tours. Hershenzon speaks to genealogical groups to facilitate cemetery research.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is such a nice synopsis of the history of this beautiful cemetery. I have so many relatives buried there so it is great to know how the cemetery got its start and was developed. I also enjoyed the stories of some of the not-so-famouls people like the sister who kept her dead sister in their house and would prop her up on the porch to watch parades.
A masterpiece and very warm for those who have loved ones buried here. If you have lived in the Detroit area for many years chances are, you are tied to this cemetery in some way. A must have for any bookshelf!!!!! Great work Gail...