Palestine Cemetery and church have long history

Palestine Cemetery and what is now Palestine Bible Church is a classic example of the old country church and cemetery next door. It used to be so common in rural areas, no one thought twice about it. The church, faintly visible in the background of the photo, dates to May 13, 1868. It sits next to State Road 25 in the small unincorporated community of Palestine in southern Kosciusko County. Five men acting as trustees in 1868 were given the task of locating, properly laying and taking care of a graveyard, in addition to finding ground to build a house of worship. The first burial in the cemetery next to the church was that of Mary Sarber in 1868. There are some older tombstones in the cemetery, but they were moved from across the road and creek from what is now the Old Palestine Cemetery, long ago abandoned. Through the years the church has had different names, including Palestine Christian Church, and once belonged to the Disciples of Christ denomination, but today it is known as the Palestine Bible Church and is independent. It is still an active church and has survived at least three, if not more, near closings.

Palestine Cemetery and Palestine Bible Church in Kosciusko County.

Palestine Cemetery and Palestine Bible Church in Kosciusko County.


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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