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Black Plague Cemetery aka Verboten Cemetery
(Norton Township)
Norton, Ohio 44203 USA
Alternate Names: Verboten Cemetery

Established: Earliest known burial dates from 1840s
Current Status: Lost
Original Township: Norton
Directions: On private land atop a hill at the junction of Barber Road and Wadsworth Road (Route 261)
Contact: Norton Park & Cemetery Board
               4060 Columbia Woods Drive
               Norton, Ohio 44203
History: This cemetery was originally on the farm of Dennison Barnes, later known as the Bauer Farm. The origin of the cemetery's name is unknown; however; it is possible that an epidemic of the "black plague", also known as diphtheria or "black tongue fever" may have caused the deaths of at least some of the those buried here, resulting in its name.
At the time Volume 1 of the Cemeteries of Summit County was published in 1978, it was noted that several headstones were observed at the bottom of an inaccessible ravine. It is possible some of these were dislodged when the nearby Barberton water tower was built in the 1930s; others were probably pushed over by vandals.
In 1989, the Norton Cemetery Board received permission from the Bauer family to remove the four largest headstones still found in the cemetery and reset them in the Norton Center Cemetery. In May 1990 a rededication cemetery was held at Norton Center Cemetery for descendants of the three families whose stones had been moved: Barnes, Brown, and Carpenter.
Chapter Publications: Gravestone inscriptions have been published in our 1978 book "Summit County Cemetery Inscriptions Vol 1" .  The original volume is available in the Special Collections Dept. of the Akron-Summit County Public Library (Main Branch) as well as many other local libraries.
The known inscriptions were published in our volume Lest We Forget in 2007 as well as here on the website.
The Summit County Chapter, OGS, is always looking for new information on our county's lost or forgotten cemeteries. If you have questions or information on this cemetery please contact the Cemetery Chairperson.