Secor Metropark, Berkey, Ohio
One of the most redeeming facts of Toledo is its metroparks. I’m not shitting you when I tell you they’re really fucking gorgeous. I’ve been to almost all of them and really can’t believe how beautiful they are. The metroparks essentially made the Glass City at least tolerable to me when I first moved here—begrudgingly—in the fall of 2014.
The metropark I live closest to now is Secor Park in Berkey, and what’s unique about this park is that there’s a cemetery in it. Originally the home of the Jacob Wolfinger Farm, Secor Park is still home to the Wolfinger Cemetery, where the original homesteaders buried their daughter.
A few notes about this. One of the first times I went to Secor Park, I got lost. It was late October and getting dark fast. I thought I knew where my car was. I didn’t. I was in the woods. I’m terrified of being in the woods at night. My cell phone was dying. I only had 10% left of battery life. Then 8%. I started running. The wind was blowing. It was cloudy. I couldn’t see the stars. Where was my car? Where was my goddamn car?
I started whimpering when I saw the cemetery. “Oh my God oh my God oh my God—” A cemetery. I was stuck. In a park. In the dark. And there was a cemetery, an old cemetery, right there. Where was my car?!?
Thankfully, the park patrol pulled up right then and rescued me. They brought me to my car, but needless to say, I was quite freaked out and avoided Secor for a while after that.
But I’ve since learned my way around the park (read: found one circular path that I don’t get lost on and stick to as a result) and have gathered up to the guts to venture back to the park. Recently, on my 3.1-mile loop around the park, I decided to check out the Wolfinger Cemetery again.
As you can see, it was built in 1835 and is a bit freaky even during the day. (So imagine it at night.)
Here’s a cool grave of a World War II vet.
And another cool grave.
One of the Wolfingers.
These bizarre graves that look like…bullets, maybe?
And these even more bizarre graves.
Maybe these folks really loved trees?
And a grave that looks like a chess piece.
Actually, now that I think about it, a lot of graves look like chess pieces.
Now you’ve seen the Wolfinger Cemetery. If you’re ever in Secor Park, you should check it out during the day… but avoid it after dark!