Dierdorff Cemetery has quite the history

And here’s yet one more example of local history being shown in a cemetery. Dierdorff Cemetery is on State Road 15 on the south end of Goshen near the Goshen College campus. As the name implies, many of the Dierdorff family are buried here. The family’s original homestead was on what is now County Road 27 southeast of where the cemetery is located. Peter Dierdorff enlarged the cemetery and built a church in front of it where he preached for approximately 30 years. In 1893 the church was sold and moved to a farm on what became U.S. Highway 33. According to Dierdorff family history, there is a Revolutionary War soldier buried in the pioneer cemetery, which is smaller in size compared to many surrounding cemeteries. It was available to the public for burials for many years, but no longer is. It was eventually turned over to the city of Goshen. Note the informative sign in the photo. Also worth mentioning is the cemetery is located along what used to be known as the Logansport-White Pigeon State Road, one of the earliest commissioned state highways.

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Dierdorff Cemetery on south end of 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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