Hidden Corners of Indiana…Beech Grove Cemetery, Muncie

If you know me in real life, you know I spend a lot of time poking around cemeteries.  As an amateur photographer, they’re a great place to find interesting shots.  As a student of history, folklore,and culture, they’re a great place to research and learn.

Beech Grove Cemetery in Muncie is one of my favorites.  It was chartered in 1841 on just over an acre of land.  It’s since grown to one of the largest cemeteries in the area, with over 44,000 burials to date.

Beech Grove is one of the more interesting cemeteries I visit on a semi regular basis.  Once located on the outskirts of Muncie, it’s now located in a largely industrial area, and is a welcome green space and respite from the “busyness” of the area.  Lots of mature, old trees, and some of the most striking monuments I’ve seen.

You enter the cemetery through this fabulous, old stone gate.


One of the first things you’ll see is the office/receiving area, again, constructed of lovely stone.


Beech Grove is home to many of the founders of Muncie.  Most of us in the area are familiar with the Ball Corporation, who were involved with anything from canning bars to aerospace research.  Much of the Ball family is buried here.


If you’ve spend any time on the Ball State Campus, you can’t escape the Kitselman name.


The Bell and Stewart families are also familiar names in Muncie.

Stewart Tomb

There is also a very nicely done veteran’s cemetery at Beech Grove.


Although it’s not as grand as, say, Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, it’s still a fascinating place to visit  and spend a pleasant afternoon.  If you want to find out more about Beech Grove, you can do that here.


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