Franklin, Indiana: Grave in the Middle of the Road

The final resting place of Nancy Barnett, whose relatives didn't want her grave to be moved when the road was built.
E. 400 S., Franklin, IN
From Franklin, 5.5 miles south on US Hwy 31, then a little more than one mile east on E. 400 S. From Edinburgh, a little more than four miles north on US Hwy 31, then a little more than one mile east on E. 400 S.
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Grave in the Road.

Grave in the Middle of the Road

The sign was never replaced after the construction; it's just a regular road median sign. Still pretty cool though.

[Sarah Campau, 11/12/2016]

Grave in the road.

Grave in the Middle of the Road

The road construction was finished and the remains re-interred in the road at the time of this posting. The remains are clearly visible as a concrete rise in the middle of the road with a marker set into the concrete. Unfortunately, the divided road sign with a cross was not present.

[Darcy, 11/04/2016]
Grave in the Middle of the Road

In 2016 the grave was opened to exhume the remains while the road is widened. They were surprised to find the remains of seven people. Once the road is completed, the remains will be placed back in the coffins in the mound and will be known not as a grave in the road, but a cemetery!

[Debra Elliott, 09/02/2016]
Grave in the Middle of the Road

The road is closed right now for improvements and to run tests: apparently there are seven remains in the grave, not just one. They are going to re-bury the remains deeper, but leave the grave in the middle of the road.

[Roger, 06/21/2016]


Grave in the Middle of the Road

Interesting news update about this attraction.

[Jess Gockley, 05/12/2016]

The skeletal remains of Nancy Kerlin Barnett are being exhumed and will be buried deeper in the exact same spot in the middle of County Road 400. The above-ground mound grave had deteriorated and been hit by several errant vehicles over the years. Barnett was interred there in 1831.

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