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By John Peterson
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About this project

This project intends to bring 2 things I love together: History and Photography. While growing up in Ohio, my friends and I drove down a long, narrow dirt road through the woods. Where we ended up changed me deeply. It may not sound normal, but the O’Brien Cemetery touched me somehow.

The O’Brien Cemetery located in Hudson, Ohio was once known as “Little Ireland” or “Metz” and was one of the first communities in that region of Ohio. Though officially established after the O’Brien Cemetery Association purchased the land from the McCauley family for $1.00 in the 1880s, the cemetery began as early as 1806.

Though there are police patrols now, there is no 24-hour surveillance and thus, the cemetery is still threatened by vandalism. This however is not the only threat. Mother Nature still has an adverse affect on the stone monuments that survive, no matter how many police patrols there are.

All around both Hudson and Stow, Ohio, the residents unknowingly drive the very streets and locations named for those whose final resting place is so close, yet so forgotten: Ritchie Road; Steels Corners; McCauley Road, to name a few.

Over the years, I’ve been able to come back a few times. This next time, I would like to go back in an effort to help preserve the state of the cemetery. I would like to return and photograph each of the stone monuments, the location, the lake behind the cemetery, the wooden Monk that greets you as you arrive and the lonely swing overlooking the lake. In securing these images I hope to have a piece of history saved for future generations, and future Irish descendants to be proud of. (para) Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support.

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Moca Cemetery

To Infinity & Beyond

A Lone Soldier is Never Alone

For Our Flag and Country

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