Ball Hill Cemetery in Cutler, Since 1838

Ball Hill Cemetery in Cutler, Since 1838

Ball Hill Cemetery in teeny tiny don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it Cutler, Indiana is an excellent historic cemetery.

Let’s just say that Ball Hill is very appropriately named (even if no one knows exactly how it got its name).

Ball Hill Cemetery in Cutler, Indiana

Ball Hill Cemetery in Cutler, Indiana

Ball Hill Cemetery in Cutler, Indiana

This Carroll County cemetery is on quite a hill. Set up high like that, visitors to Ball Hill Cemetery in Cutler, Indiana are rewarded with an amazing view of, well, nothing! Cornfields and trees as far as the eye can see. It stretches across a big hill with additional acreage added on through the years. It is really something to see.

I have mentioned my love and obsession with tromping through Indiana cemeteries before. They are some of my favorite places to ride bikes through, to stop and read the headstones, to wonder about the people here, and to explore.

Ball Hill Cemetery is very old, as in 1838 kind of old. We noticed that, given the age of a lot of the headstones, many are in surprisingly great condition. Of course, there are plenty that are old and crumbling or have snapped in half or had pieces break off, but just the same, especially for its age, Ball Hill Cemetery is in remarkably good shape.

Ball Hill Cemetery History

Ball Hill Cemetery in Cutler, Indiana: It's quite the hill!

Ball Hill Cemetery in Cutler, Indiana: It’s quite the hill!

The headstones are really incredible and range from the simple to the extravagant. Can you say giant obelisk?. That’s because this Indiana cemetery is now home to Cary Landis, the Florida Attorney General from 1930 – 1938 (yes, I do have that memorized now).

A Methodist Church was located here as well (in various rebuilds) from 1871 – 1965. I’ve been told that the Bell Tower was added by locals. After an inspiring history walk at the cemetery one year, the participants realized they wanted to commemorate their past. So, they added a tolling bell tower to the site. I think it’s a nice touch.

Ball Hill Cemetery is in the middle of nowhere. It’s absolutely quiet. Wandering around the cemetery, I will admit that my husband, Jeremy, had me slightly jumpy–though I won’t tell him that!

I should never have watched that zombie movie the other night. All I kept thinking about was how soft the ground was…perfect for something to grab your ankles and pull you under. Hey, it’s Halloween. I’ve got to have a little fun with you.

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Ball Hill Cemetery in Cutler, Indiana is definitely a unique way to spend the afternoon.

I would recommend that you either go when it isn’t freezing cold or dress a lot warmer than we did! That hill is high and it’s rather windy.

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  1. Jessica Nunemaker June 2, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Wow! That’s an amazing family history!

  2. Marilyn S Adkins May 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I have walked the Ball Hill Cemetery with family. We have been told that our family members, the Wyatt’s, gave the land for the cemetery and church.
    My mother was given history from a Louis Wyatt who published a newsletter. He told my mother, that they were cousins. He actually traced our family history back to England, when Sir Thomas Wyatt was beheaded in the tower of London. Sir Thomas grew up as neighbors of Anne Boleyn who married Henry the eighth. He lived at Alington Castle. At her execution, Queen Anne was accompanied to the scaffold by her faithful friend, Anne Wyatt, sister of Thomas. You can read in history books about Wyatt’s Rebellion.
    My great grandfather, John Nice, at one time owned land in Carroll County. His mother’s name was Sarah Wyatt.

  3. Lisa Neptune November 16, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Ball HillCemetery is in my neck of the woods. I grew up in the small town Burlington about 5 mininutes fron the cemetery. Went on a treasure hunt at night at Ball Hill Cemetery with the sunday school class when I was a kid. Had a friend that fell into a fresh dug grave on night. Had a hard time pulling her out. Glad to know that someone apprjciates our cemeteries.

  4. Jessica Nunemaker March 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Just amazing. 🙂

  5. Eric Lee Wertz March 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I have a grat deal of family buried in that cemetery. It was great to see somone apperciate it.

  6. Jessica Nunemaker April 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Hey Petra,

    I visit cemeteries year round! Wait, does that sound creepy? I think they are fascinating and sometimes really neat looking. 🙂

  7. Petra April 20, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Do you like visit cemeteries at fall mainly? Those pics look very nostalgical with red leafs on trees and ground.

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