Monday, February 11, 2013

Cemetery had to hold bodies until burial

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 Marietta.
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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