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Poland Historical Society celebrates 40th anniversary with a walk

June 27, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

This year the Poland Historical Society is celebrating its 40th anniversary. As a way to recognize the anniversary, society historians will be giving a series of walking tours during Celebrate Poland.

On June 26 and 27, walking tours were provided at the 1865 Poland Riverside Cemetery. Tomorrow (June 28) at 6 p.m. the walking tours will trek through the past at the 1804 Poland Village Graveyard, adjoining the Poland Presbyterian Church. Visitors wishing to go on the tour can meet at the graveyard entrance.

"This is the first year for us to have four walking tours," said Poland Historical Society historian Dave Smith.

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The Old Village Graveyard will be the focus of a Friday walking tour hosted by the Poland Historical Society.

At the Riverside tours on Wednesday and today, the tours highlighted several veterans of Company H of the 105th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and visited the graves of early settlers like John Struthers. Smith and Ted Heineman led those tours.

Friday's walking tour will be just as interesting with highlights on some of Poland's earliest residents.

"Many of the earliest settlers and earlier war veterans buried in the Old Village Graveyard are on the tour Friday evening," Smith said. "A few died from unnatural causes. The earliest burial was in 1804; the last was 1928."

While Smith will handle the Old Village Graveyard tour, on Saturday both he and Larry Baughman will handle tours of South Main Street, covering the earliest homes and buildings in Poland Village while learning about their early inhabitants. The tour will include history on the Kirtlands and Fowlers. There is only one time for the Saturday tour and that is 1 p.m. for two groups.

"We offer these tours to familiarize Poland residents and others with the lives and times of some of Poland's early interesting people as well as some of the older buildings such as the Old Stone Tavern and the Presbyterian Church," Smith said. "We hope they gain an appreciation of Poland's rich heritage."

Smith announced that for the first year the walking tours will have several society members dressed in period clothing who will portray some of the folks buried in the cemeteries.

The Saturday, (June 29) South Main Street walking tour will begin at the Historical Society tent at the Celebrate Poland event. Society members Larry Baughman, Ted Heineman, and Dave Smith will be conducting the tours. There is no charge for the tours but donations to the Poland Historical Society will be accepted.



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