Warrensville West Cemetery Historic Preservation Master Plan

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Warrensville West Cemetery Gravestone Preservation Workshop

Saturday, October 23, 10 am – 2 pm  
Registration required

Are you fascinated with history and historic preservation? Does geology or genealogy interest you? Want to roll up your sleeves and learn a new skill? As part of the Warrensville West Cemetery Historic Preservation Plan, a partnership with the City of Shaker Heights, Shaker Historical Society, and Shaker Heights Public Library, experts will be training community volunteers in the skills needed to help preserve the cemetery’s gravestones.   Join us for an engaging, hands-on workshop where you will learn:

  • Cemetery and Monument Safety
  • The geology of monument stone
  • Monument styles
  • Monument Photography
  • Stone cleaning
  • Stone resetting

 Pack your lunch, wear work clothes, bring work gloves, bring a folding chair if you have one, and meet us at 10 am for a pre-workshop presentation at The Dealership (3558 Lee Road).  Masks will be required while we are inside the building and social distancing protocols will be required throughout the workshop.  After a 30-minute presentation, we’ll head over to the cemetery and get to work.  The event will take place rain or shine, so dress accordingly. All participants will be required to sign a waiver upon arrival. Click here to register for the workshop.

 Contact Kara Hamley O’Donnell, City of Shaker Heights, for more information.

History & Existing Conditions

Warrensville West Cemetery is located within the Shaker Town Center commercial district, is just over one acre, and is owned and maintained by the City of Shaker Heights. The first burial took place in 1811, making it the second-oldest burial ground in Cuyahoga County. 

The cemetery was designated as a local Landmark in 1976 and is a contributing site to the Shaker Village National Register Historic District. It is the final resting place of Pioneer Families, Manx Settlers, Veterans of five Wars, founders of Warrensville Township, and North Union Shakers. The cemetery’s last burial took place in 1955 and has fallen into disrepair throughout the years.

Project Overview

The City of Shaker Heights, in partnership with the Shaker Historical Society and Shaker Heights Public Library, is undertaking a Historic Preservation Master Plan for Warrensville West Cemetery. The Plan will identify existing resources and create a framework to preserve, protect, and maintain the burial ground's historical, archaeological, architectural, and cultural value, will increase the sites' attractiveness, and will assure that maintenance and security are properly guided. The Historic Preservation Master Plan for the cemetery will provide a roadmap to preserve one of Cuyahoga County's oldest burial sites and protect the remains of the people interred there. 

This Plan will include:

  • Ground-penetrating radar
  • Survey, documentation, and mapping of current conditions
  • Recommendations and prioritization of necessary repairs
  • Conceptual landscape plan
  • Maintenance plan
  • Safety/security plan


SeptemberProject kick-off
September-OctoberStakeholder meetings
October 23, 10 am to 2 pmWarrensville West Cemetery Gravestone Preservation Workshop (see details at the top of this page)
NovemberPublic Meeting – Presentation of Draft Plan (Date TBD)
DecemberPlan completion



Shaker gets historical grant for 200-year-old cemetery, gravesites: City Council recap (Cleveland.com)


Staff Contacts

Planning Department: Kara Hamley O’Donnell and Cameron Roberts