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.

Address:
E. 400 S., Franklin, IN
Directions:
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

There's no place to park, so you have to be creative to get a really good picture!

[Lorie Bettice, 08/20/2020]

You probably figured this out yourself, but we suggest dropping off a designated photographer, driving to a spot where you can turn around, then driving back for a quick pick-up.

Grave in the Middle of the Road

The grave was temporarily moved to make improvements to road in June of 2016. Archaeologists found -- as they sifted through the remains -- the bones of two women, one man, and four children. Improvements were made to the grave to protect it as there were many accidents here before doing so. Nancy Barnett and the other six remains were then returned to their resting place.

[Debra Elliott, 10/15/2018]

Grave in the road.

Grave in the Middle of the Road

Be very careful as there is no place to park. I hopped out while my husband turned the car around. Was able to snap a few pix. Plenty of pennies adorn the marker area.

[Rose, 08/03/2017]

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]

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