Visitors to Marietta's Mound Cemetery are often curious about a large, weathered sandstone structure that stands to the left of the walkway about halfway between the mound and the cemetery's main entrance on Fifth Street.
"It looks really sinister. People usually think
it's a tomb of some kind," said Lynne Sturtevant, who often conducts
historical tours of Mound Cemetery as the founder and owner of Hidden
In fact, the structure is what was known as a
"receiving tomb" when former Marietta mayor, businessman and
philanthropist Nahum Ward commissioned the building of the stone vault
in the mid-1800s.
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