Encampment 2018


Saturday, May 26th, in Medina, Ohio, the Friends of the Cemetery will be hosting the Spring Grove Encampment. The free, family-friendly event will be held at Spring Grove Cemetery from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Spring Grove Cemetery is located at 115 North Spring Grove Street.

Medina’s Friends of the Cemetery is seeking those with
Civil War ancestors buried in Medina’s Old Town and Spring
Grove Cemeteries. They will be honored and recognized by
Medina’s Mayor Dennis Hanwell at the opening ceremony
of the Spring Grove Encampment. Ancestry information
should be sent to info@friendsofmedinacemetery.org or call
Teresa Merkle at the Friends of the Cemetery office, at
330-725-8861, Ext. 1055.

“The Spring Grove Encampment allows us to celebrate Medina’s 200th anniversary and honor the memory of Medina’s Civil War veterans while showcasing the beauty of the property enjoyed by nature lovers, fitness enthusiasts, photographers, and history and genealogy buffs.”, said Friends of the Cemetery Board President, Teresa Merkle.

The day will be filled with demonstrations and activities for all ages. Encampment events include re-enactors of the 8th
Ohio Volunteer Infantry who will set up camp, rain or shine, with living demonstrations of the Civil War soldier. The tributes continue with scheduled morning and afternoon presentations by President Abraham Lincoln, George Armstrong Custer, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Lt. Frederick Phisterer, Civil War Medal of Honor recipient from Medina County.

Have your tin-type photo taken in Civil War period costume by Michael Rhodes, daguerreotype photographer. Historical attire is being provided by The Octagon House. 

See Medina County Historical Society's restored carriage from the Phillips-McDowell Homestead and the Waite and Son Funeral Home's 1800's horse-drawn hearse.

Many Civil War period artisans, musicians and re-enactors will also be on hand including the Celtic Musicians Trio.

Sign up to tour the Underground Railroad House adjacent to Spring Grove Cemetery. The home's owner will be giving personal, small-group tours that day. Due to space limitations, tours will be timed and limited to 10 people; the house is not handicapped accessible. Guided walking tours of Civil War veterans' graves will be offered every half hour, as well. 

The Medina County District Library Genealogy Hotspot will be in The Chapel for folks to research and explore their Spring Grove ancestry. 

Parking and shuttle services are being provided by Medina City Schools at Medina High School and Sidney Fenn Elementary located at the corner of North Spring Grove and East Union Street. 

Snacks and refreshments will be available at the Kiwanis tent and at the St. Francis Xavier food tent. 


Friends of the Cemetery, founded in 1997, is dedicated to the beautification, preservation, maintenance and appreciation
of Medina’s Spring Grove Cemetery and Old Town Graveyard. Spring Grove was part of the “rural” cemetery movement.
Planned as serene and spacious grounds where the combination of nature and monuments would be spiritually uplifting,
these rural cemeteries came to be looked on as public parks, places of respite and recreation acclaimed for their beauty
and usefulness to society. Spring Grove Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For additional information, to be involved or to volunteer, please visit www.friendsofmedinacemetery.com or contact Teresa Merkle at 330-725-8861 Ext. 1055