Highland Lawn Cemetery

Highland Lawn Cemetery
Highland Lawn Cemetery.jpg
The entrance to Highland Lawn Cemetery
Shown within Vigo County, Indiana
Highland Lawn Cemetery (Indiana)
Highland Lawn Cemetery (the United States)
Established 1884
4520 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, Indiana
Country   United States
Coordinates 39°28′35″N 87°20′52″W  /  39.47639°N 87.34778°W  / 39.47639; -87.34778 Coordinates: 39°28′35″N87°20′52″W / 39.47639°N 87.34778°W / 39.47639; -87.34778
Size 139 acres (56 ha)
No. of graves over 16,000[1]
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Architect Vrydaugh, Jesse A.; Heidenreich Company; Floyd, W.H.
Architectural style Richardsonian Romanesque
NRHP reference # 90001790 [2]
Added to NRHP November 29, 1990

Highland Lawn Cemetery is a city-owned rural cemetery[3] in Terre Haute, Indiana. Opened in 1884, the cemetery includes 139 acres (0.56 km2).

Highland Lawn Cemetery Chapel
The Highland Lawn Cemetery Chapel, circa 1914.

The cemetery features a Richardsonian Romanesque chapel built by architect Jesse A. Vrydaugh in 1893 for a cost of $10,000. In the 1980s, the chapel underwent renovation which was completed in March 1988. Highland Lawn also includes a bell tower built by the Heidenreich Company in 1894, a gateway arch completed by Edward Hazledine and a Colonial rest house designed by W.H. Floyd.[4]

Famous interments include political figure Eugene V. Debs, author Max Ehrmann, and actress Valeska Suratt.

Highland Lawn was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990 for its significance in agriculture and landscaping.

Folklore [ edit ]

The cemetery is known in local folklore including the story of Stiffy Green, a taxidermied dog buried in his owner's tomb who was said to bark periodically, and of Martin Sheets, who was convinced he would be buried alive and thus installed a telephone inside of his tomb with a direct line to the cemetery's main office.[5]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Highland Lawn Cemetery
  2. ^ "Highland Lawn Cemetery". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-05-13.
  3. ^ Linden, Blanche M.G. (2007). Silent City on a Hill: Picturesque Landscapes of Memory and Boston's Mount Auburn Cemetery. Amherst, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Press. p. 295. ISBN 978-1-55849-571-5. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)"(Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2016-07-01.Note: This includes Susan Allen; Nicholas Kalogeresis; Rita Kendall (July 1990). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Highland Lawn Cemetery" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-07-01. and Accompanying photographs
  5. ^ Taylor, Troy (2001). Beyond the Grave: History of America's Most Haunted Cemeteries. Whitechapel Press.

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