Earliest date 1861, about 50 headstones including Civil War veterans. Not in use. IN DNR Latitude 41.1619 Longitude 84.8117 puts you in the field just south of the tombstones.
Built near the home of Ulrich Saylor, a Maryland native who arrived in Maumee Township in 1836 and bought a lot near the Wabash & Erie Canal lock No. 1, the eastern most lock. He built a store and post office at the site and later became the lock's chief operator. Visitors can see remanants of the canal on the south side of U.S. 24. See map and history with photos in the 8 page Ulerick Saylor, Sr. b. 1788 d. June 27, 1860 by Carolyn I. Schmidt in Canawlers At Rest in the Hoosier Packet - August 2013 at the Canal Society of Indiana.
The allure of Saylor Cemetery, a small, 19th-century graveyard near the Ohio border, is in its ties to the Wabash and Erie Canal.
The cemetery was built near the home of Ulrich Saylor, a Maryland native who arrived in Maumee Township in 1836 and bought a lot near canal lock No. 1. He built a store and post office at the site and later became the lock’s chief operator.
At the lock, known as Saylor’s Lock, boats were raised or lowered seven feet as they moved up to the summit at Fort Wayne or down as they traveled toward Lake Erie, Allen County historian Tom Castaldi said. Visitors to the cemetery can see the remnants of the canal on the south side of U.S. 24.
The cemetery, which sits above the south bank of the Maumee River, has about 50 headstones, some of which belong to Civil War veterans. At least one of Saylor’s relatives is buried in the cemetery.
Elliot, of the History Center, says the Saylor Cemetery is one of his favorites. “It’s got a melancholy feel to it,” he says. “It has this ‘going back in time’ kind of feeling.”
According to some accounts, the brown, two-story house on the northwest corner of U.S. 24 and old Scipio Road was once an inn for the canal’s travelers. If visitors follow a wooded path toward the river, they can see the remnants of an old bridge that crossed the Maumee.
To get there: Take U.S. 24 east until you see Scipio Road on your left. Take a gravel road for two-tenths of a mile, and the cemetery will be on the right. If you’ve hit the state line, you’ve gone too far.