In 1801, Dr. Thomas Waller of Virginia Settled in what was to become Portsmouth Ohio where he served as the first physician in the county. While he also held many other positions of prominence in the community, he also purchased a large tract of land known as "Waller's Woods", which in part occupied the location of Shawnee State University today. Dr. Waller, and other frontier physicians to follow, would have relied heavily on natural remedies often supplied by the native plants and trees.

Enjoy this 0.8 mile path through Greenlawn Cemetery where you will encounter some trees that have medicinal value, and would have likely been used in the early days of medical treatment in the Portsmouth community. Feel free to click on the tree icon to learn more about that particular tree and to see some pictures of it. We hope you enjoy!

  • Terrain: Mix of roads and paths, gentle slopes.
  • Length: 0.8 miles; Loop, begins and ends at Greenlawn Cemetery Chapel.
  • Estimated time: 45-60 minutes

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