In 1817, Nathaniel Wilson III set aside land as a family burial ground. Wilson began construction of the 7′-high sandstone walls in 1838, building them in the shape of a dodecagon with the entrance facing geodetic true north. The wall is considered one of the best examples of dry-stone masonry in Ohio.

The site was deeded to President Monroe in 1817 and his successors forever in trust for Nathaniel Wilson and his heirs. No evidence has been found that Monroe ever accepted the deed. That is why it has also been called the Presidents’ Cemetery even though no president has been buried in it.

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The park is open but the cemetery gate is kept locked to prevent vandalism. It is still possible to view and appreciate the interior through the gate.

This park is part of the Fairfield County Parks District.



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