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|Wetmore Cemetery sign faces west toward US highway 62|
Wetmore Cemetery, established about 1810, is a small cemetery located within the city limits of Warren. It sits hidden on a high bank, on the east side of US 62, in an oak grove. Look for the Dairy Queen on the left side of the highway, then look to the right for the thick stand of oaks.
Access from four-lane US 62 is difficult (see driving directions below for better alternate access); however, this is the main entrance to the grounds. By making several passes back and forth on US 62, you will be able to note businesses on both sides of the cemetery where gravel lots afford a place to park. The old railroad bed has been paved, so walking to the entrance of the cemetery is very easy.
A steep (and if wet, slippery!) set of stairs lead up to the rectangular-shaped grounds, marked by a white chain fence and the sign at the top of the bank. Inside the white fence, many old unmarked field stones can be found on the left side of the cemetery. Another smaller fenced area, on the right, contains three gravestones. Most of the graves in this cemetery are very old with only a scattering of newer ones. Stones at random intervals mark the boundaries. The grounds were mowed but could use some TLC.
Take a stroll through the cemetery...
|This fenced area, on the right if entering from the US 62 side of the cemetery, contains three gravestones.|
Inscription on the stone to the right:
Sidney N. Berry,
Thou didst it well, oh cruel stone,
|[According to an article in the Warren Times Observer, dated October 30, 2012, Sidney Berry was a construction worker who was crushed to death by a block of stone during the building of the Hazel Street bridge's piers in 1839. His was the first grave in the cemetery to have a headstone of the actual block of rock that killed him.]|
[Michael McKinney, 79, was listed with his wife Margaret, 66,
Living close by were two farmers, Thomas McKinney, 35, and John McKinney, 52.]
|Many fieldstones, with no names, dot the cemetery|
|All photographs contributed by Penelope Repko|
Additional information about the Wetmore (Jackson) Cemetery.
An even 100 burials are listed on Find-A-Grave - Wetmore Cemetery, many with photographs of the individual tombstones.
Driving directions from the Hickory Street bridge in Warren (about 2 miles; 5 minutes): Drive east on Pennsylvania Ave W/US-6 (business route) to Market Street. Turn left on Market Street and drive north through Warren toward North Warren. A traffic light marks the intersection of Market Street/US 62 and Follett Run Road; bear right at this intersection onto South State Street. (Although the cemetery is accessible from US 62, this is a busy road with no parking available near the cemetery.)
Look for a gravel drive on the left side of the road (almost opposite 525 S. State Street, which will be on the right). Follow the gravel drive to the oil well. The cemetery is beyond and to the left in the oak grove. Tramping through an overgrown field may be necessary.
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