Tom Vince w David Hudson portrait at WRA

Please note the early start time – also, in case of rain, the meeting will take place in the chapel at the cemetery.  Seating is limited, but there is also plenty of standing room available.

Hudson Heritage Association resumes its fall programming on Thursday, September 8, when noted local historian Tom Vince will conduct a guided walking tour of Markillie Cemetery. The tour will begin at 7 p.m. at the Chapel. (Note early start time.)

Located on Route 91 north of downtown Hudson, Markille is one of five cemeteries owned by the city of Hudson. It was established as a cemetery in 1855 by John Markillie, who immigrated to Hudson from England. Upon his death in 1869, the cemetery was bequeathed to the Village of Hudson. It has been expanded a number of times since its beginning and now is the city’s largest. It is adjacent to St. Mary’s Cemetery and is the final resting place for many of Hudson’s most notable residents.

Vince will begin with a history of the restored chapel on the grounds of the cemetery and then talk about the Markillie family, as well as others whose graves will be seen on the walking tour he will lead through the oldest section of the grounds. Refreshments will be served in the chapel following the tour.

Known for his vast and detailed knowledge of Western Reserve history, Vince speaks often about Hudson’s past, the individuals who shaped its early days and the events that influenced its development. He has served as Archivist and Historian at Western Reserve Academy since 1996 and earlier headed the Hudson Library and Historical Society.  He is a past president of Hudson Heritage Association, the Rotary Club of Hudson and the Cuyahoga Valley Civil War Round Table. He was named Citizen of the Year by the Hudson Chamber of Commerce in 2009. He has done segments devoted to local history on Hudson Cable television for the past 18 years and received an award from the David Hudson Chapter DAR for his work.

Markillie Cemetery entrance.2