Forest Grove Cemetery and small community

On County Road 24, just east of State Road 13, south of Middlebury in Middlebury Township, Elkhart County, is the Forest Grove Cemetery. It’s a typical rural cemetery. But it is also part of Elkhart County history in that there was a small community in the immediate area. The cemetery was started in the northeast corner of the Kimball farm. Early burials date to about the mid 1840s, but there is some evidence to suggest there were burials much earlier than the 1840s. Children of early settlers were apparently buried in the cemetery. In addition to the cemetery, there was the Forest Grove School at what is now the intersection of county roads 24 and 43, east of the cemetery. It was built of logs in 1836 and later replaced with a frame building. The school was discontinued in the 1930s and the building demolished in the 1970s. Presbyterians started a church, too, that was later bought by a Brethren church. The building was later sold and wrecked in about 1923. And there was a post office at Forest Grove as well. So at one time, this was a small community made up of a few homes, a church, a school, post office and cemetery. Now only the cemetery remains. My information was obtained from the book “Middlebury: The Town Beautiful 1836-1986.”

Forest Grove Cemetery-Middlebury Twp 008

Forest Grove Cemetery south of Middlebury in Elkhart 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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