Holmes County Historical Society to host community history event at Oak Hill Cemetery

Kevin Lynch
Wooster Daily Record

The Holmes County Historical Society is hosting a free public event to bring back to life some interesting characters who are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.

A Walk in the Past is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

The program will begin with a brief history of the cemetery and the authentication of the Adena Indian Mound by Mark Boley and Debbie Kline. This will be followed by a brief narrative from each character actor, who will then navigate to the final resting place of those they are portraying. 

After the mound presentation, guests can walk to the graves and hear more from the characters.  

Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg will be the place where visitors from the past, portrayed by locals, will share their stories.

The following is a list of characters and people portraying them: Dr. John Bigham told through the eyes of his sister Maria, by Millersburg Mayor Kelly Hoffee; Sheriff Jacob Bell, by Tom Vaughn; Frances McKee, by Robert Shoemaker; Dr. Robert Enos, by Chris Sieverdes; Dorothia Yost, by Society President Mary Tipton; Jennie Pomerene Hanley, by Greta Monter; Children’s Home, by Cylus Reed; Daniel Leadbetter, by Mike Monter; John Fenton, by Glen Hammel; Peter Meyers, by Ed Markley; and Pioneer Monoliths, by Jerry Kline.

The Holmes County Historical Society is holding Walk through the Past in Oak Hill Cemetery on Saturday, June 15. (PROVIDED BY HOLMES COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY)

In case of inclement weather, June 22 is the rain date. Follow for updated information the day of the event, or call 330-674-0022.  

Vehicles with handicap placards will be directed to designated parking areas. All other vehicles can park on roads around the mound. 

Take a lawn chair and walking shoes. The cemetery has many uneven grassy areas to navigate, Boley said.