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Someone stole historic 1800s graveyard gate in Gibraltar, put it in their yard with Halloween decor



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Gibraltar put out a call for help, and then a thank-you when a historic graveyard gate dating back to the 1800s went missing from a city cemetery?

So, who stole or “borrowed” the cemetery gate?

Turns out it wasn’t a prank, it was a city resident looking to, ahem, spruce up their Halloween yard display with something, shall we say, authentic.

Police said the historic gate was recovered after a tip from a resident came in when the police asked for help on social media.

Gibraltar’s police chief Matthew Lawyer told the News-Herald that officers went to an address on Rose Street near Bayview and spotted the portion of missing gate.

“It was located in a resident’s front lawn with their Halloween decorations,” the police chief said.

So far, no tickets, arrests or charges have been made. “We haven’t made contact with the resident yet. Officers knocked on the door, but there was no answer.”

The missing gate drew 245 reactions in small town Gibraltar from residents who were delighted at its return.

Sandra Kurtyka wrote on Facebook, “Glad you got it back. Knew they had to take it for decoration. Surprised it was someone from the city tho. Not too bright.”

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Restoration work continues on Medina’s historic McDowell-Phillips House

MEDINA, Ohio — Ever since the Medina County Historical Society finalized the purchase of the McDowell-Phillips House in December 2019, the historic homestead has been a hotbed of repairs and restoration.

The iconic 14-room Queen Anne house, built in 1890, is located at 205 S. Prospect St. in Medina. It is easily recognizable for its turret and deep front porch at the spot where West Washington Street dead-ends into Prospect.

During the past eight months, despite the disruption of COVID-19, the historical society has financed and arranged for extensive exterior work. So far, damaged shingles have been replaced and the house has been painted.

The original slate roof was repaired after minimal damage sustained in Medina’s tornado in April. The two porch roofs were replaced with shingles donated by Owen-Corning. New gutters and downspouts were installed to address water issues, such as rotten window sills and dampness in the basement.

Velvet covered Victorian era chair

Recent donations of chairs by Patty and Jim Chapman and by Jean and Ted Gulyas will provide seating for guests at future events in the historic McDowell-Phillips House in Medina. (Mary Jane Brewer, special to cleveland.com)

In the past month, 170 feet of uneven and broken sandstone sidewalk across the front of the property was replaced with concrete to remove tripping hazards. Some sandstone pieces were moved to other walks where they could be safely installed; others were stored elsewhere on the property to use in future projects.

With an Adopt a Tree program and with the help of Beth Schnabel of the Medina County Soil and Water Conservation District and a group of volunteers, 30 blue juniper trees were planted along the borders of the 1-acre property. A row of redbud trees will be planted in the spring.

Schnabel also returned to help transplant peonies to a new flowerbed

1870 Victorian in Chagrin Falls historic district asks $1.795M: House of the Week

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — 64 W. Washington St. is one of the oldest homes in Chagrin Falls. Built in 1870 by Joseph O’Malley, a prominent builder at the time who constructed many of the homes in the village’s historic district, the home belonged to John and Lucy Bullard, whose family manufactured wooden rolling pins and butter molds.

In 1917, Lucy bequeathed the home to the Congregational Church, which used it to house members of the clergy, according to the Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation.

Today, the classic Victorian retains its 19th-century character, while offering updates that bring it up the standards of buyers in the 21st century.

“It’s a great blend of the historic and the new,” says Howard Hanna listing agent Heather Price. “This is an unparalleled setting in the heart of the historic district of Chagrin Falls Village with a large private back lawn that fronts the river with a view of the high falls.”

Entering the Bullard House and into the formal living room is indeed like stepping back in time. The room features high ceilings, extensive millwork, hardwood floors, a marble fireplace and an extravagant chandelier. Through an arched doorway is a salon, where a custom bar covered in wood and an ideal spot to enjoy a nightcap await.

The kitchen is magazine-worthy, with its large island, high-end appliances and premium finishes. The modern vibe continues into the family room, which features a large picture window, providing views of the wooded surroundings and river.

Those views can also be enjoyed upstairs in the master suite, which boasts a spacious sleeping area with an ornate accent wall and double-sided fireplace, office space, luxury bath with onyx tiling, and a dressing room. In all, the home has five bedrooms and six bathrooms (four full).

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