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Take a Walking Tour of History in Downtown Cleveland

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It’s time to get outside, enjoy a walk in the warmer weather ­— while following social distancing recommendations — and set out on a walking tour of historical attractions throughout the city.  Free and fun for all ages and even Fido can come along!

Old Stone Church

Location:  Public Square at the corner of Ontario and Rockwell Streets

First Presbyterian Church, better known as the Old Stone Church, is the oldest standing structure on Public Square.  It was originally built in 1834, but it was replaced with the current stone building in 1853.  The location was ideal for meetings of Cleveland’s citizens — from protests and military processions to relaxed picnics and public social gatherings — and it grew in popularity over the decades to become a famous city landmark.


Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Location:  3 Public Square

Built to honor the 10,000 Cuyahoga county men who fought in the Civil War, this monument was a subject of fierce debate.  Protests regarding where to erect the monument led to numerous court battles eventually going all the way to the Supreme Court.  The monument was dedicated on July 4, 1894.  The column reaches an impressive height of 125 feet.

Due to COVID-19, the Memorial Room is currently closed.  Check the website for updates on when it will reopen to the public.


Lake View Cemetery

Location:  12316 Euclid Avenue

Can you find these famous Cleveland residents in their final resting place?  Do you know why they are special to Cleveland?

John D. Rockefeller

Carl B. Stokes

Adella P. Hughes


Abraham Lincoln Statue

Location:  Behind the Cleveland Board of Education Building, 1380 E 6th St

Sculptor:  Cleveland resident Max Kalish

Abraham Lincoln visited Cleveland only two times — the first time in 1861 when he spoke to crowds from the balcony of the elegant Weddell house; the second time was on April 28, 1865 when the slain president’s open casket was on display at Monument Park.  Cleveland residents by the thousands came out to join the procession and grieve.  In 1932, on Lincoln’s birthday, a new memorial was unveiled to the delight of old and young alike (schoolchildren had donated their pennies and nickels to fund the project).





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