Friday, February 3rd, 2012
If you’re into huge sculptures carved out of wood or interesting tombstones, then you need to check out these places! Peter Wolf Toth has been carving sculptures out of logs since the early 70s and has created what he calls the Trail of Whispering Giants. They are carved by hammer and chisel and are made to look like the natives who live in that area. So far, he has created 74 different Whispering Giants, some of which are 40 feet tall! There is at least one in every single state of the United States and even a couple in Canada and one in Hungary; the country he was born in.
And you don’t have to travel too far from a couple of these giants to come across a graveyard which includes an interesting family tombstone. This family may not have been that popular, but they bore a name that a very popular, yet fictional, doctor also shared… and that name is Frankenstein! I’m not sure about the history of the family, but their family tombstone has become quite a unique “roadside attraction”, if you dare call it that. And once you’re done searching for interesting family names, you can always head to the William McKinley National Memorial, which was constructed in remembrance of our 25th president.
It’s sometimes hard to come with things to do outside in the winter months, but if you’re just a little bit more observant you’ll come across creative and interesting things like these. And not even the snow and wind I ran into could ruin a trip to see things like this, which is the beauty behind a little planning. I saw the 51st and the 6th Whispering Giant on my trip, and it’s a lot different to see these things in person. The 51st giant is so huge and detailed, and the 6th, although a bit under the weather, adds a little something special to the rest stop, where it is located. And it was even interesting to see the creative designs and family names in the cemetery, and then to have the giant memorial right next door.
But, I don’t expect you to get too much from this text, or even the pictures, so feel free to explore these locations through the video below:
HOW DO YOU GET HERE?
If you’re curious how to get to any of these locations, then I’ve got your back! The 51st Whispering Giant is in a field right in front of the Fairlawn Elementary School in Akron, Ohio and if you CLICK HERE you can get directions right to the exact spot. You can park in the preschool parking lot and walk right over to it.
If you’re interested in seeing the Frankenstein family tombstone, then you’ll want to go to section Z in the Westlawn Cemetery in Canton, Ohio, but you can CLICK HERE for directions to where you need to go. It’s at the far end of the cemetery and, when you face the tombstone, the Mercy Medical Center is right behind it. In fact, as you drive around the cemetery, you’ll notice how close you are to the McKinley Memorial too.
And if you want to check out the 6th Whispering Giant as well, then it’s right off of Interstate 80, heading East, in Sharon, Pennsylvania. It’s right outside of the building at a rest stop, but CLICK HERE to get directions to exactly where you want to go. You’ll probably need to rest a bit after a long road trip like this anyway!
The 51st Whispering Giant is right along a busy road, so be careful if you bring kids with you. And the Westlawn Cemetery is only open during daylight hours, like most cemeteries, so be sure to get there before it’s too late, because there’s a fence around the whole area. Oh, and don’t let Google Maps lead you the wrong way down the one way street, right in front of the cemetery. Lawn Avenue NW is a one way street which starts at the entrance of the cemetery and heads toward 4th Street NW, so if you’re coming off of 4th Street NW then take Lincoln Avenue NW to 7th Street NW and you’ll see the entrance.
If that wasn’t enough, then here’s a handy site that shows you pictures, descriptions and locations of the Whispering Giants: http://www.waymarking.com/cat/details.aspx?f=1&guid=8fbd270d-3a97-42ab-8631-b73cf6c32335
And here are more pictures:
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