Oakridge Cemetery in Goshen dates to 1830s

An interesting way to learn something about local history is to participate in a cemetery walk or tour. These are becoming more common in recent years and exactly one year ago today I visited the tour of Oakridge Cemetery in Goshen. Enactors were stationed at various tombstones throughout the cemetery and portrayed the people buried there. Dressed in clothing of the period that person lived in, it makes it much more personal and vivid. The photo shows Jacob Lear, a Revolutionary War and War of 1812 veteran, being portrayed. Oakridge has a long history as it is said the first burial there was in 1832. Originally the cemetery was maintained by the trustees of the First Methodist Church until they passed it on to the City of Goshen in 1859. Located just off Wilden Avenue by railroad tracks, the cemetery has eight mayors of Goshen buried there and veterans from every major war America participated in. I’ve been to the cemetery a few times myself and have noticed grave markers from the 1860s still readable, which is remarkable. Also note the brick street, a product of the National Recovery Act of 1933. It is the access point of the cemetery now, but originally the road was known as North Street and crossed the railroad tracks. It no longer does.

Jacob Lear was portrayed during the 2014 Oakridge Cemetery tour in Goshen.

Jacob Lear was portrayed during the 2014 Oakridge Cemetery tour in Goshen.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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