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Grave in the Middle of the Road

Franklin, Indiana USA

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“So protected, they paved around it!”

UPDATE: June, 2016 According to the Indy Star: "For about 185 years, folks in Johnson County knew that Nancy Kerlin Barnett’s remains have rested in a grave now bounded on both sides by a country road. It turns out, she had company. Archaeologists who exhumed the Grave in the Middle of the Road so the pavement could be widened have uncovered the remains of at least seven people: two women, a man and four children. Who they are remains a mystery for now. University of Indianapolis archaeologist Christopher W. Schmidt said it is likely that his team uncovered a small cemetery." - Indy Star THE PARANORMAL HISTORY OF THE GRAVE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD... If you find yourself cruising along County Road 400 in Amity, Indiana, you'll eventually come to a strange hill in the middle of the rural, two-lane road. Normally, road crews would flatten out the mound and pave right over it without thinking twice, but in this case, the pavement actually splits around it. Why? Because road crews were terrified of disturbing it. Long before a paved road ever ran through the area, Amity was a small village near Sugar Creek. In 1808, a 14 year old girl named Nancy Kerlin married a man named William Barnett, and the two lived happily in area, having 11 children. Nancy passed away in 1831, and in keeping with her wishes, William buried her on her favorite plot of land; a hill with a beautiful view overlooking the creek. Nancy was the first to be buried there, but before long, other locals followed suit and an official cemetery was built around Nancy's grave. Decades later, a National Guard training camp, Camp Atterbury, was coming together and developers began the process of moving the graves that were in the way, a plan that Nancy's her grandchildren weren't too fond of. After some intense discussions, developers agreed to keep her plot intact. This worked out until the county decided that Nancy's plot was smack dab in the middle of the road they'd already started building Despite objections from Nancy's extended family, the county pushed ahead with their plans. In retaliation, Nancy's grandson Daniel grabbed his shotgun and camped out near his grandmother's plot, refusing to allow anyone to step foot on the mound. For weeks, Daniel risked his life (and trouble with the law), defending Nancy's final resting place, until every road worker was too terrified to cross his path. At this point, the county relented, and simply split the lanes right down the middle and worked around the plot. The county placed a concrete slab above the grave to protect it from inattentive drivers, and in August 1912, it was officially granted a historical marker, presumably to keep people from asking why the heck there was a giant hill in the middle of the road.  Today, the site is considered one of the most haunted locations in Indiana, receiving plenty of late-night visits from cars full of curious kids looking for a brush with the afterlife. After all, if you had cars buzzing past your head all day, you might not rest very peacefully either. 

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Reviewed by
melissa.cain.908

  • 1 Review
  • 4 Helpful
October 15, 2014
Rated 5.0

Went there this last summer and it's so cool to see! Glad I could this oddity off my list! And not far from here In Seymour, Indiana, u can see the graves of the first train robbers, the Reno Brothers. Good spots to check out!

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
JenniferFolkema

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
May 22, 2016

The grave will be back sometime after March 2016. They removed it so they could put her deeper down so the gravesite would not be damaged by tractors and the like.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lisaakemp

  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 17, 2014
Rated 3.0

Look forward to getting a pic (if the traffic's not too busy) at this interesting site when passing through.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jim and Karen Travis

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  • 2 Helpful
February 18, 2017
Rated 4.0

Completely different then the picture shown now. Completely encased in concrete now. Still interesting to see it after reading the story behind it and knowing there were other bodies with her. Makes you wonder was he protecting her grave or hiding an evil he might have done............

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
CaseyHaysWard

  • 1 Review
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September 23, 2016
Rated 1.0

This has been replaced and repaved. Just a flat headstone now.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
sue.vollstedt

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  • 1 Helpful
July 15, 2014

I remember this from when I was a kid. We used to go by it when we were going fishing in Sugar Creek. We lived on Hwy. 31. Never thought much about it then, it was just part of the scenery.

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Reviewed by
UIndySchmidt

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April 04, 2018

The remains of the 7 people found at the "Grave in the Road" site are all interred in the road, in the same relative positions in which they were found by the archaeologists. Thus, the cemetery still exists and is worth driving by. I also recommend visiting the Johnson Co. Museum of History in Franklin, IN for more information about the cemetery. Although the look of the grave site has changed (it's now a safer road for larger vehicles), it continues to be a unique and interesting Indiana landmark.

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Reviewed by
PamEnglandHall

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  • 0 Helpful
July 24, 2016

Rode up to see this and when arrived the road was closed. The grave has been dug up and removed!! Totally disappointed.........

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  • 1 Review
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July 16, 2016

As of July 2016 the grave has been removed!!!
Very disappointing!!!☹️

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Reviewed by
monkey1970

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June 30, 2016
Rated 1.0

Road now closed ever since more bodies were discovered there. Not much to see

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Grave in the Middle of the Road

Franklin, Indiana
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  • Independent
  • Street Parking
  • Yes Parking
  • Haunted

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