Sugar Grove Cemetery in Concord Township

I’ve posted a few cemeteries on this blog through the years. There are still several examples of cemeteries next door to churches. History reveals many cemeteries were started by churches. Shown is the Sugar Grove Cemetery in Concord Township. It is along the east side of Old County Road 17 just south of County Road 118. According to information I found on the Elkhart County Genealogical Society website, it is said the cemetery was originally known as the Swinehart Cemetery. Old county plat maps show Benjamin Swinehart once owned the land where the cemetery is located. A church and school were on the property several years before the cemetery was started. I couldn’t find an exact year or date when Sugar Grove Cemetery began, but I was able to narrow it down. An 1874 county plat map shows the church and school, but not the cemetery. But the cemetery is on the 1892 plat map. The old church was replaced by a nondenominational church building in 1978. When the new church was added on to in 1985, the old church and school building were demolished. Sugar Grove Church is still an active church today. Whether the sign at the entrance to the cemetery is the original or a replica, it has a nice historic feel to it. Another reminder of the old rural cemeteries.

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Sugar Grove Cemetery in Concord Township.


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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