Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

Local News

April 19, 2013

Group works to preserve lost Avon cemetery

(Continued)

AVON —

"If you owned the property, you could pretty much do whatever you wanted," said Jim, adding, "I didn't sense there was a concerted effort to try to do anything inappropriate. I think they did the best they could with what they had."

Indeed, the maps the Lees used in their own investigation last year dated back to the 1970s. Jeannie Regan-Dinius, a special projects coordinator for the DNR's historic preservation & archaeology division, whom the Lees contacted, says the Merritt cemetery wasn't organized to begin with. Research conducted so far indicates there are between 13 and 30 people buried there. Some were interred without headstones. What officials are going by today are sunken areas by big, old trees that are facing East or West - typical of Christian burial. But Regan-Dinius says that can be deceiving too. When a tree dies, its roots sink into the ground also.

Regan-Dinius used topographic maps from the U.S. Geological Survey to determine the exact location of the Merritt burial plot.

"There's no doubt the cemetery is here," she said. "Now it's just a matter of what we're going to do with this area to show it some respect. We need to make sure it's marked so nothing like dumping happens here."

It's right behind some houses in Woodland Heights. Some fence posts are still standing, though much of the fence is down. A woodchip-covered walking trail made by the neighborhood runs through it. Otherwise, the area is untouched.

"It's a really pretty area," said Lisa. "I can see why you'd want to build a house by there."

It's not uncommon to find cemeteries under these circumstances. Regan-Dinius says of the more than 11,000 cemeteries in Indiana, at least half have this issue. Her department learns of ones like the Merritt cemetery at least once a month. Some have dated back thousands of years.

Text Only
Local News
  • Wine and Cheese Festival comes to Plainfield in September PLAINFIELD—Friends of the Plainfield Library will be hosting their annual ‘Twilight on Stafford Wine and Cheese Festival’ from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Plainfield Guilford Township Public Library. Once a year, the FOL brings in Chateau Thomas W

    July 31, 2014

  • The Piano Guys to appear in Indianapolis What do you get when you mix up a marketing genius that does video, a studio engineer that writes music, a pianist that had a successful solo career, and a cellist that does pretty much everything? The Piano Guys: a meeting of “guys” with the same in

    July 31, 2014

  • HCF 7-30 news tournament pic 1 Shooting sports tourney brings in big winners DANVILLE — The second annual Hendricks County 4-H Shooting Sports tournament in archery, air rifle and air pistol took place during the Hendricks County 4-H Fair and the results were recently announced.There were more than120 participates sharing the

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sheltering Wings offers Life Skills classes DANVILLE — Sheltering Wings has a Life Skills program that focuses on helping women and children develop and grow.Sheltering Wings is a shelter for women and their dependent children who have escaped from a domestic violence situation.The facility of

    July 31, 2014

  • HCF 8-2 news officers pic 1 Danville swears in two officers DANVILLE—Jeff Slayback and Daniel Birt were sworn in as part-time Danville Police Officers at the Hendricks County Courthouse Thursday. Slayback, originally from Franklin, just graduated from the University of Indianapolis and finished the academy th

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gospel bluegrass concert to be at Plainfield Christian Church For the ninth consecutive year, the Plainfield Christian Church is sponsoring its annual free Bluegrass and Southern Gospel Music Concert on Aug. 3.This is a part of the Christian Outreach Ministry.“The main purpose of this concert is to get non-chur

    July 31, 2014

  • Area youth to perform 'Les Miserables' The Biz Academy of Musical Theatre will present a concert version of “Les Miserables” School Edition at 7 p.m. July 31, Aug.1 and Aug. 2 at Harmony Baptist Church in Avon.Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables” is one of literature’s most compelling stories a

    July 31, 2014

  • BMV to begin offering tests in languages other than English |Don Snemis, commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), has announced that the BMV will for the first time begin offering automated Operator Knowledge Tests in foreign languages. “In response to numerous requests from businesses, uni

    July 30, 2014

  • Hamilton scolds Congress for national security failures |INDIANAPOLIS — Retired Congressman Lee Hamilton has warned of the perils of political ideology, calling the body where he spent 34 years “noxiously partisan.” Now, he worries the divide is downright dangerous. A co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission, H

    July 30, 2014

  • Small town's survival hinges on battle over coal regulations |DUGGER – Peggy and Martha Marlow collect artifacts of this small town’s history for a storefront mining museum that Martha helped open more than 30 years ago. Tin dinner buckets, carbide headlamps and battered hard hats line the museum’s crowded she

    July 30, 2014

House Ads
Hendricks County Marquee
Email News Sign Up
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

Should the government continue to use military bases to house illegal immigrant children?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Must Read