First, a big little Indiana hello to readers hopping over from Giveaways 4 mom, where little Indiana is today’s featured blogger!
Really, what better way to welcome new folks than with a creepy post about a historic Indiana cemetery: Ball Hill Cemetery in teeny tiny don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it Cutler, Indiana? It is Halloween, after all!
Ball Hill Cemetery in Cutler, Indiana
I have mentioned my love/obsession with Indiana cemeteries before. They are some of my favorite places to ride bikes through and to explore.
First, let’s just say that Ball Hill is very appropriately named (even if no one knows exactly how it got its name).
This cemetery is on quite a hill 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.
Ball Hill Cemetery is very old, as in 1838 kind of old. The headstones are really incredible and range from the simple to the extravagant (can you say giant obelisk?).
We noticed that, given the age of a lot of them — many are in really great shape. 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.
Wandering around the cemetery, I will admit that hubs had me slightly jumpy (though I won’t tell him that!).
Ball Hill Cemetery is in the middle of nowhere. It’s absolutely quiet.
We did see a zombie movie the other night and the ground is really soft–just perfect for something to grab your ankles and pull you under kind of soft! It’s Halloween, what can I say?
Ball Hill History
Digging into the history a little bit, I did find a nice little article on Ball Hill Cemetery.
Mark A. Smith of Carroll County left a few interesting tidbits on little Indiana’s Facebook Page, too (that man is a walking talking history book on Carroll County).
Ball Hill Cemetery is 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 (thanks again, Mark!) that the Bell Tower was added by locals who, after a history walk at the cemetery, realized they wanted to commemorate their history and added a tolling bell tower to the site. I think it’s a nice touch.
Small Town Surprises
little Indiana has pointed out on more than one occasion that there are really interesting surprises to be found when you are toodling around small Indiana towns.
See more Ball Hill Cemetery images and other pictures in Cutler, Indiana on my Flickr Photostream!
Ball Hill Cemetery
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