Old cemetery sits at the county line

This cemetery, the County Line Lutheran Cemetery, has the look and feel of a very old and historic cemetery. It sits at the Whitley-Huntington County line near the intersection of state roads 114 and 5. It is about 6 miles south of South Whitley in Cleveland Township, Whitley County. I stopped to take photos and walk around the cemetery for a little while. There are some very old tombstones dating to the 1840s or 1850s, some of them laying down on the ground. I’ve said it before, but it’s remarkable a tombstone would survive for that long but there are several of them still standing. The cemetery gets its name from a Lutheran church that once stood by it. The church was organized in 1840 with a membership of 10, though I’m not sure if the original church was at the cemetery. I’m guessing it would have been. In later years it was removed and all that remains is part of the foundation. I was able to see the remnants of the foundation. Nearby the cemetery was a small community of Luther, originally known as Sawdust Hill. Perhaps Luther would be known as a “ghost” town today.


County Line Lutheran Cemetery in Whitley 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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