Franklin, Harrison County, Indiana
Cemetery: Barren's Cemetery
Other: St. John's Lutheran Cemetery
Street: Cemetery Road
City: just north of New Salisbury
Directions: North of New Salisbury on S.R. 135, perhaps 2-3 miles, east on Cemetery Rd. less than 1 mi., on south (right) side
Features: south side bordered by trees/woods
Land Type: Public
Established: after 1847
Condition: Cemetery neglected
Weather problems: Unknown
Pollution problems: No
This cemetery has a sign which indicates it has been allowed to return to its "natural" state of grasses and overgrowth as a memorial to the pioneers, early settlers and native Americans who settled the area. It is completely overgrown, making it almost impossible to locate the gravesites and headstones within. It is approximately 3/4 acre of deliberately un maintained burial grounds. If action is not taken to reverse this intentional neglect, the gravesites will be completely overgrown and lost.
At least 20 known ancestors of our family are buried in this cemetery. We have only recently become aware of its existence.
Many of the headstones are still in good condition, although some are broken and disintegrating. We fear their continued
deterioration and loss if the overgrowth is allowed to continue.
UPDATE: Additional updated information may be found at the following link:
This is a great example of what is actually being done to save our nation's historic cemeteries.
name: Larry Stuart