Garfield's Memorial & Chagrin Falls

Another place we stopped on our Grand Tour of Cleveland was Garfield's Memorial. It's a big stone memorial built for the ex-president, who was assassinated not long after taking office. The memorial is quite lavish - lots of artisans must have been employed in building it. I can't imagine how much it must have cost to build - all for a president who was barely even president!

It's located in Lake View Cemetery, where lots of important Clevelanders are buried - John D Rockefeller and people like that. After we left the memorial, we stopped in Wade Chapel, which is also in the cemetery. It's a little chapel built in memorial of Jeptha Wade, who founded Western Union and who donated land that later became the art museum, botanic garden, and museum of natural history. It looks fairly normal from the outside but the inside is pretty incredible - all of it was designed by Tiffany and his studios. The front wall has a huge stained glass window and the walls feature large glass mosaic murals. I'd never been very interested in Tiffany's work before seeing the chapel, but this was different than the lamps that he's usually associated with.

The next day, we headed out to Chagrin Falls, a little town on the Chagrin River that we used to visit when I was little. My grandparents lived not too far away and my dad grew up coming into town all the time. It's a cute place that still retains a lot of its old buildings and charm, even if they

do

have a Starbucks.

And I think that just about concludes any Cleveland posts from us - it was a great trip, if somewhat of a whirlwind, and we hope to be back soon!