Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:19

Barren's Cemetery, Franklin, Harrison County, Indiana

Written by

Barren's Cemetery
Franklin, Harrison County, Indiana

Cemetery: Barren's Cemetery
Other: St. John's Lutheran Cemetery
Sign: Yes
Street: Cemetery Road
City: just north of New Salisbury
Township: Franklin
County: Harrison
State: IN
Nation: USA
Status: Abandoned
Size: Small
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
of road
Type: Road-public
Location: Rural-mixed
Terrain: Level
Watersource: No
Features: south side bordered by trees/woods
Land Type: Public
Access: Open
Enclosure: Natural
Gate: None
Established: after 1847
Gravestones: 40-50
Oldest: 1854
Newest: 1916
Removed: Unknown
Relocated: No
Repairs: No
Restoration: Unsure
Association: Unsure
Records: Unsure
Inventory: Unsure
Records location:
Stone: Yes
Draperies: Yes
Hands: Yes
Lambs: Yes
Religious: Yes
Scrollwork: Yes
Condition: Cemetery neglected
Unmarked: Yes
Broken: Yes
Toppled: Yes
Disintegrating: Yes
Buried: Unsure
Weather problems: Unknown
Pollution problems: No
Vandalized: No
Overgrowth: Problem-Access
Overgrowth: Graves-Disturbing
Overgrowth: Gravestones-Disturbing
Overgrowth: Gravestones-Damaging
Vegetation: Ground-Cover
Problem: Apathy
Owner: Cemetery
Bordering: Agricultural
Change: Same
Visited: Rarely
Archeology: Unknown
Habitat: Unknown

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.

Other Information
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.


Submitted by:
name: Larry Stuart
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read 1374 times