The Tombstone Trail: The Nation's First Historic Cemetery Trail
Historic cemeteries were truly the public parks in America. They were often designed to welcome visitors' to explore their grounds surrounded by peace, quiet, and nature. Graveyards are full of beautiful examples of the art and craftsmanship found in the many unusual and varied monument styles and materials used to create them. Along the trail you will learn of people who will make you laugh, cry, and walk away with a new-found respect for their lives and contributions not only to Indiana, but to the world.
This road trip is like no other featuring over eight historic cemeteries across several northern Indiana counties and communities. More than 75 stories spanning the centuries and miles will be found along the Grand Army of the Republic Highway (U.S. 6) and State Road 9.
This year the Trail pays special tribute to our military by highlighting soldiers of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, The American Civil War and Vietnam. Also, this year we have the last Miami Chief, Hoosier founding fathers, a Doughnut Girl and plenty of mysteries.
For some a graveyard may seem like the end of the road, but in northeastern Indiana it is just the beginning of a month-long celebration of the lives of those who have gone before us.
Guided, group, and self-guided tours through these silent cities of stone are available.
For more information contact the Noble County Visitors Bureau at 1-877-202-5761. Don’t forget to find us on your favorite social media; we are on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.
The 2012 season of the Tombstone Trail opens July 30, 2012 and runs until late fall.