When life gives you lemons, you have to make lemonade. The coronavirus has certainly changed things in unexpected ways. The spring is typically a very joyful time at the Abbey, particularly because we get to welcome family and friends during our annual Open House. Families gather to remember their departed loved ones, the Kousa dogwoods…

So many projects are either underway or recently finished. Here is a brief update on a number of them. East Wing Ceiling: It took three months but the east wing, which was the most damaged, has been double primed and painted. It took volunteers three years to complete the 1st floor painting project. Driveway: An…

Serving on the Columbus Cemetery Association (CCA) Board is William (Bill) Heyer. We are delighted to have Bill on the CCA Board and benefit from his knowledge and leadership skills. Below is a profile of Bill’s many attributes. William Heyer is an architect with 25 years’ experience building traditional and classical architecture. His experience includes…

Event Raises $16,000 for Restoration It’s official – the First Annual Green Lawn Abbey Classic & Exotic Car Show was a huge success! Though rain dampened the scene in the morning, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and fellowship of the day. A great time was had by all, AND the Car Show raised $16,000, which…

October is a special month at the Abbey. While the Halloween season celebrates ghost and goblins, at the Abbey we celebrate the real lives of some our “residents”. It is our way to honor them and to remember their contribution to the world, or at least our little corner of it. First, join us on…

A donor has come forward to match any new donations between now and the end of the year. They ask the donations NOT be the usual end-of-year donations or money already promised. So if you haven’t donated before or you think you could double your usual EOY donation, this is your opportunity to really make…

We are thrilled to announce that Abbey supporters Nicholas and Susan Farmer have pledged to underwrite the cost of restoring one of the Abbey’s gorgeous stained glass windows. The window selected is the left window gracing the first-floor parlor. We want to thank Nicholas and Susan Farmer for their generous support and lovely gesture. The…

Dear Mr. Thurston, I remember when I was very young seeing my first magic show. I was totally in awe witnessing the magical effects presented by the magician. This encouraged my curiosity, leading me to study and start practicing the art of magic. ln my studies I discovered you: Howard Franklin Thurston, world’s greatest magician,…

This spring, WOSU hosted a birding outing at Green Lawn Cemetery and followed it with brunch at the Abbey. Celebrated birding blogger and author, Julie Zickefoose, was on hand signing books and sharing observations on the morning’s experience. WOSU host of All Things Considered Ann Fisher welcomed the group and emceed the program.

There are two reasons why the Abbey has been a “hidden” gem for so long. First, a very tall hedgerow used to block visibility of the Abbey from the street. About 14 years ago, a family member of one of our residents paid to have the hedgerow removed in hopes it would reduce vandalism (and…

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