Old Franklin Church Cemetery Endowment

The Old Franklin Church Cemetery Endowment was recently established in the Franklin County Community Foundation. The historic Old Franklin Cemetery surrounds the Old Franklin Church which is visible from State Route 101, just south of Causeway Road. The church and cemetery were part of the Franklin Community, one of the earliest settlements in Indiana. The Franklin settlement was situated on an old Indian trail and connected the town of Fairfield with the Carolina Trace.

The cemetery was originated in 1832 when a plot of ground was deeded from the Fry family to the United Brethren in Christ for the purpose of erecting a church building and for using the adjoining land as a cemetery. This peaceful setting became the final resting spot for many of the earlier settlers in the community and continues to be used for burials today.

Some of the earlier graves include the maternal grandparents and great grandparents of the Wright Brothers. A total of 35 veterans are buried there, including those who served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Korean Conflict. Each year on Whit Sunday, the church holds a second service to recognize these fallen heroes and to celebrate the creation of the church and the cemetery.

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Cultivating Donor Development Endowment

An anonymous donor established this endowment in the Franklin County Community Foundation to support the operations of the Foundation in the creation and cultivation of