Highland Lawn Cemetery

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Highland Lawn Cemetery
Highland Lawn Cemetery.jpg
The entrance to Highland Lawn Cemetery
Established 1884
Location 4520 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, Indiana
Country  United States
Size 139 acres (56 ha)
Number of graves over 16,000[1]
Find a Grave Highland Lawn Cemetery
The Political Graveyard

Highland Lawn Cemetery at the Political Graveyard

Historic site
Highland Lawn Cemetery is located in Indiana
Highland Lawn Cemetery
Coordinates 39°28′35″N 87°20′52″W / 39.47639°N 87.34778°W / 39.47639; -87.34778Coordinates: 39°28′35″N 87°20′52″W / 39.47639°N 87.34778°W / 39.47639; -87.34778
Built 1884
Architect Vrydaugh, Jesse A.; Heidenreich Company; Floyd, W.H.
Architectural style Richardsonian Romanesque
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 90001790 [2]
Added to NRHP November 29, 1990

Highland Lawn Cemetery is a city-owned cemetery in Terre Haute, Indiana. Opened in 1884, the cemetery includes 139 acres (0.56 km2).

Highland Lawn Cemetery Chapel
The Highland Lawn Cemetery Chapel, circa 1914.

The cemetery features a Richardsonian Romanesque chapel built by architect Jesse A. Vrydaugh in 1893 for a cost of $10,000. In the 1980s, the chapel underwent renovation which was completed in March 1988. Highland Lawn also includes a bell tower built by the Heidenreich Company in 1894, a gateway arch completed by Edward Hazledine and a Colonial rest house designed by W.H. Floyd.

Famous interments include political figure Eugene V. Debs, author Max Ehrmann, and actress Valeska Suratt.

Highland Lawn was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990 for its significance in agriculture and landscaping.


The cemetery is known in local folklore including the story of Stiffy Green, a taxidermied dog buried in his owner's tomb who was said to bark periodically, and of Martin Sheets, who was convinced he would be buried alive and thus installed a telephone inside of his tomb with a direct line to the cemetery's main office.[3]


  1. ^ Highland Lawn Cemetery
  2. ^ "Highland Lawn Cemetery". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-05-13. 
  3. ^ Taylor, Troy (2001). Beyond the Grave: History of America's Most Haunted Cemeteries. Whitechapel Press. 

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