BATH TWP. – Amid the serenity of the Cuyahoga Valley with hawks flying overhead, more than 75 people gathered last Saturday to be part of the Ohio Historical Marker dedication at Ira Cemetery.
Amy Rohmiller, from the Ohio Historical Society, was on hand to congratulate Bath for its third historic marker; the other two are at Moore’s Chapel Cemetery and the Old Woolen Mill on Granger Road.
The historical marker, as well as a permanent display detailing some of the history of the site, has been installed at this cemetery, which is on land originally owned at one time or another by the Hammond, Hale and Cranz families.
As part of the celebration, 12 interpretive history buffs were on hand, suitably dressed, to represent members of the Hale, Hammond and Cranz families. Telling the individual stories and life histories of various family members from the 1760s through the 1970s, these interpreters led a tour through the cemetery and brought to life many of those buried in this historic plot of land.
There are 218 recorded burials at Ira Cemetery, which is one of the five cemeteries in Bath. Some of the earliest gravesites at Ira Cemetery are those of Jason Hammond, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, Jonathan Hale and William Cranz, patriarchs of these pioneer families.