Cemetery to receive historical improvements

Kylie Schepers/The Herald
Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg is getting a facelift, including a new sign and fencing. The improvements are meant to resemble the original design of the cemetery, which was established in 1876.

By CHRISTINE STEPHENSON
cstephenson@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG — Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg is undergoing improvements that will resemble its original design from nearly 150 years ago.

Years ago, the cemetery, which was established in 1876, used to include an arch over the entrance, iron fencing and a walkthrough gate on the east side, according to information released by the cemetery board Friday.

The project will include new fencing and limestone corner signage that will be visible from U.S. 231 when entering Huntingburg. Later, it will also include another corner sign at the north entrance.

The new features were reimagined with the help of Phyllis (McMurtrie) Menke, who has been involved with restoration and preservation across the city.

The project will include several phases, all meant to honor the community’s history, David Lubbehusen said on behalf of the cemetery board in a news release.

“The rolling hills of Fairmount will continue to offer a serene, welcoming environment to reflect, find solace, and cherish the memories of those who have passed before us,” he said.

The board is encouraging community involvement in the project, from sharing ideas to donating. Those interested can contact the cemetery’s sexton, Kenzie Trusty, at 812-351-4400.




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