Marion Cemetery - The Revolving Ball

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Marion Cemetery is a large one with an impressive World War II Memorial, and it’s also famous for its Revolving Ball. It’s a large stone sphere that’s part of the Merchant Family’s plot. In 1896, several small black granite spheres were arranged in a large circle, with a 5-foot-tall granite monument that holds a huge 5,200-lb. black polished-granite sphere. And the giant sphere moves. It’s gradual, so you can’t see it happening. But the unpolished portion at the bottom visibly shifts as the stone turns, and no one knows how or why. A crane was used to move it to its original spot, but it began to move again. Ripley’s Believe It or Not featured the site in 1929.

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701 Delaware Ave
Marion, OH
United States

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40.576745541516, -83.12476229661115
Marion County, Ohio
Nearest Towns:
Marion, OH (0.8 mi.)
Green Camp, OH (5.5 mi.)
Waldo, OH (8.5 mi.)
Morral, OH (8.9 mi.)
Caledonia, OH (9.1 mi.)
Prospect, OH (9.4 mi.)
New Bloomington, OH (10.1 mi.)
Harpster, OH (13.1 mi.)
Cardington, OH (13.2 mi.)
Radnor, OH (13.4 mi.)


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  1. I took my ex girlfriend and her 3 year old daughter there and her daughter started waving and talking to someone we couldnt see i asked who she was talking to and she pointed and said that lady over there it was a very creepy experience

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