Hastings Memorial Chapel - Milan Cemetery - Milan, Ohio

The Milan Cemetery is one of the most beautiful cemetery's in the state of Ohio. One of the first things you see when you enter the cemetery off Edison Street (shown below behind the entrance sign) is the Hastings Memorial Chapel. The stone chapel was funded by Carrie Hastings (see below*) in honor of her father Captain Hugh Hastings and his wife Elizabeth in 1922. For many years the chapel was used as the place for on-site services for family and friends burying their loved ones. Today, the chapel is rarely used because most funeral directors put portable tents over the gravesite for on-site services, but the chapel is a landmark at the cemetery  and over the years have supplied a beautiful setting for grieving families. Each Memorial Day, the Hastings Memorial Chapel is open for everyone to visit and enjoy while flags are placed by the American Legion volunteers on military gravesites and the Edison Band performs. Recently I documented the chapel with my photos some of which you see below. From the eight stained windows to the custom hand made wood alter to the old rattan church pews to the heavy steel doors, this is a step back in time to an earlier day.


A look at the Stained Glass Windows in the Hastings Memorial Chapel. The three windows shown above are shown on the inside and outside of the building and the bottom of the windows are shown in close up below with the sun coming through the windows.



*Captain Hugh Hastings (1833-1914) who died at age 80, was a well known lake schooner captain during the golden age of the Milan Canal. For the last ten years of his life, he was on the Milan Cemetery board and when his only daughter passed away in 1921, she gave a gift of $14,000.00 to the cemetery to build a chapel in honor of her dad and mom (who had passed away one year earlier in 1920). The Captain, his wife Elizabeth and daughter Carrie are all buried at Milan Cemetery.

 

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This Page Last Updated: 08/27/2015

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