The former LaGrange County Infirmary (Poor Farm) Cemetery has been added to the Cemetery Heritage List created by the Indiana Historical Bureau. A sign noting its status was put in place last week at the cemetery, which sits along the west side of Heron Creek Golf Club.
The Indiana Historical Bureau has a program designed to mark cemeteries that are over 50 years old. The IHB is working with the Department of Historic Preservation and Archaeology to insure that when these important cultural resources are identified with Cemetery Heritage Signage, they are also catalogued in the Cemetery and Burial Ground Registry for protection.
In 2013 the Cemetery Heritage Sign project in LaGrange County was undertaken by the LaGrange County Heritage Initiative with Jean Fremion-McKibben as project coordinator. To date three county cemeteries have been placed on the register and all have signs to be installed: County Infirmary (Poor Farm) Cemetery in Clay Township, Eagley Cemetery in Van Buren Township, and Pierce-Witmer Cemetery in Johnson Township. Work on all the cemeteries within LaGrange County will continue.
This Cemetery Heritage Signage initiative assists the many individuals and groups working to preserve and maintain Indiana’s cemeteries through a heightened awareness of their existence and needs.