A historical landmark, Walnut Grove Cemetery is a cemetery located at the heart of Laredo, Texas. Established in 1887 for wealthy German Texan families that lived around this area it has more than 12,000 graves and still counting! The elder of the community decides to turn their land into a cemetery called “Cementerio de Los Alemanes” for its residents; both living and dead.
Different from other cemeteries which are usually used for a long period before running out of space; this cemetery was never like that. It can be said that it was full since its establishment and even now, almost 130 years after its first burial there are still people who would like to be buried here.
Locals say that it has been around for as long as the neighborhood surrounding it but no one knows exactly when did it start accepting bodies. One thing is certain; before Laredo was established this cemetery already existed so its age might fact exceed 100 years old.
The oldest landmark you can find at this place is a cement marker saying “Antiguo Cementerio Aleman” (which means Old German Cemetery) located in front of several blocks filled with trees and flowers making an excellent scenery for those who come to visit or just walk through this beautiful landmark.
There is currently a waitlist for standard size spaces at Walnut Grove and they are limited to only those individuals who are current residents of Worthington, (A resident is defined as someone who pays their property taxes to Sharon Township.) You may request to be put on the waiting list and when spaces become available you will be contacted. Burial spaces are readily available at Flint Cemetery. There are also lots available for cremation monuments such as benches or urns in certain sections of the cemetery.
Each year the Worthington American Legion Post 239 hosts one of the largest Memorial Day parades in Ohio. The parade begins at the American Legion Post 239 on Morning Street and ends at Walnut Grove Cemetery. The parade was originally started by the Daughters of the American Revolution and since 1919 has continued to be hosted by the American Legion Post 239. After the parade, everyone is invited to a service that is held in the Cemetery on the Ceremonial Mound in the section of the Cemetery which is called the Circle of Honor. The Circle of Honor was dedicated on May 31, 2010, by Dr. Robert Chosy, Cemetery Trustee.
Each Memorial Day the Cemetery Staff places a flag at each of the 1,388 Veterans graves and is a sight to behold. The Veterans also have a flag holder that is provided by the Veterans Association that denotes the war in which they served or if they served during peacetime. There are Veterans from the War of 1812 through the Persian Gulf War represented in Walnut Grove.
Post 239 organizes a wonderful ceremony each year with special music provided by individuals and a Worthington High School Band, an honor guard who performs a 21 gun salute, excellent speakers, and bagpipers.
The Cemetery Trustees and Staff invite you to attend this yearly event to honor all who have served their country and put themselves in harm’s way so that everyone can continue to enjoy their freedom.
If you’re interested in history or genealogy then come visit us! We have records dating back to 1907 when we first started keeping them so we can find out about your family’s roots too!
Worthington, Ohio is blessed with some of the state’s most amazing, must-see landmarks. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:
- Jeffers Mound
- Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington
- Griswold Center
- Orange Johnson House
- Walnut Grove Cemetery
- The Old Rectory
- The Ohio Railway Museum
- McConnell Arts Center
- Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our central location at 65 East Wilson Bridge Road in Worthington! Stop by for a visit anytime!