Before the Water Rose: Allens Creek Cemetery Open House

  • Monroe Lake
  • September 11, 2022
  • Allens Creek Cemetery on Allens Creek Road (Bloomington)
  • Allens Creek Road, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • (812) 837-9967
  • 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

When Monroe Lake was constructed, seven cemeteries were relocated into a new cemetery in Polk Township. DROP BY to…

• Walk through the cemetery with Jill Vance (Monroe Lake Interpretive Naturalist) to explore why these burials were moved and how each individual cemetery was reconstructed at the new internment location.

• Learn the best techniques for photographing historic gravestones, discover why the classic tombstone “rubbings” should be avoided, and see a demo of the “aluminum foil method” with Kel McBride (Monroe County History Center’s White Oak Cemetery coordinator).

• Discover the proper steps for safely cleaning historic markers and watch a headstone cleaning demonstration by Susan Snider Salmon (trained gravestone restorer and genealogy instructor at the Ivy Tech Institute of Lifelong Learning).

Driving Directions: The cemetery is a 15-minute drive from the east side of Bloomington or an 8-minute drive from Paynetown SRA. Head south on State Road 446 to the intersection with Allens Creek Road, 2.9 miles south of the S.R. 446 causeway across the lake (look for the Allens Creek ramp sign). Go west on Allens Creek Road for 0.7 miles.

Before the Water Rose: Allens Creek Cemetery Open House
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  • Allens Creek Cemetery on Allens Creek Road (Bloomington)