Historic Beech Grove Cemetery Tour
Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Learn more about the rich history of Muncie and Delaware County in the beautiful setting of Beech Grove Cemetery! Join local historians for a walking tour of a section of the cemetery, enjoy refreshments at the fountain and view local history displays in the chapel. This is a family friendly, fun and educational event! Children under 10 are admitted free (accompanied by an adult).
The Gravedigger’s Tale: A Ghost Story Circle & Tour
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Join us to share ghost stories in the most appropriate setting possible. Beech Grove Cemetery has granted us access to their grounds for this unique event. It’s local history. It’s storytelling. It’s ghost stories in a graveyard with a tour highlighting some of the more macabre histories of the cemetery’s “residents”.
Beech Grove Cemetery Comes to Life is an exploration of the cemetery’s history and evolution, but also the lives of those buried there. Pioneers, politicians, soldiers, the rich and poor, doctors, shopkeepers, industry titans, suffragettes, and former slaves—44,000 unique individuals lay at rest in Beech Grove Cemetery. Those buried there represent the movers and shakers of Muncie, the men and women who shaped the city from an agricultural backwater, to a regional manufacturing capital of the industrial revolution, and have helped guide it after industry left. – 8½”x11″ coffee-table-style book – Up to 176 glossy, acid-free pages – Hundreds of photos – Full-color dust jacket Cemeteries are depositories of our ancestors—the men and women, over 44,000 in Beech Grove Cemetery alone, who shaped the evolution of our current times. While the intricacies of the lives of those interred are not readily available in each headstone, their burial markers do provide a crucial memorial designating the mortal remnants of the generations that precede us, while offering a reminder of the ultimate fate awaiting each and every one of us. Beech Grove Cemetery is a valuable resource for genealogists, historians, students of architecture and landscape design, photographers, and the general public. It is our hope that the information contained within this book will instill a deep interest and respect for the 44,000 buried within the walls of Beech Grove Cemetery.
Effective Monday, March 19th, 2018
Beech Grove Cemetery cemetery gates will open and close at the following times:
April 1 – October 14 8:00am – 8:00pm
October 15 – March 31 8:00am – 6:00pm
Beech Grove is a full-service cemetery located in Muncie, Indiana offering land burial and cremation burials. Over 42,000 people have chosen Beech Grove as their final resting place since 1841.
Become a Friend of Beech Grove Cemetery The Friends of Beech Grove Cemetery Society has established a perpetual care fund through the Muncie Delaware County Community Foundation. Only the interest may be spent to help beautify the cemetery. The public may make donations and memorial gifts to this fund which are tax deductible.
Chartered in 1841 with one and one half acres on the banks of the White River, Beech Grove has grown to encompass over 100 acres, this makes it one of the largest cemeteries in the state of Indiana. By the turn of the century landscape expert, O.W. Crabbs had been recruited to plan and maintain the landscape – which resulted in making Beech Grove one of the finest examples of landscape architecture in the state. Beech Grove remains committed to that ideal. Hence, the cemetery is a place of beauty and tranquility for the living as well as for those who have gone before. To help you enjoy the beauty of Beech Grove, we have a self guided walking tour as well as guided tours by appointment. Staff members are available to organizations for programs about the cemetery.
Beech Grove Cemetery is the final resting place for many of Muncie’s founding families, gas boom barons and veterans of every war from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War.
May 21, 2018
146th ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY MAY 28, 2018 11:00 A.M. 10:45 A.M. Prelude music begins 11:00 A.M. Service begins Welcome Michael G. Miller, Superintendent of Beech Grove Cemetery Invocation Hank Hansen, Chaplain, American Legion Post #19 Pledge of Allegiance Mayor Dennis Tyler, City of Muncie Medley of Music America’s Hometown Band Introduction of Speaker Michael […]
Mar 14, 2018
Beech Grove Cemetery will begin its Annual Spring Clean Up on Monday, April 2, 2018. Please remove any items that you would like to keep before that time. Effective March 31, 2016: For Your Safety and the Safety of Cemetery Personnel Shepherd’s Hooks will no longer be permitted in Beech Grove Cemetery. Any decorations not […]
Nov 08, 2017
VETERAN’S DAY CEREMONY NOVEMBER 11, 2016 AMERICAN LEGION SECTION 10:45 A.M. Prelude music begins 11:00 A.M. Service begins Welcome Michael Miller, Superintendent of Beech Grove Cemetery Invocation George Wolfe, Interfaith Minister Pledge of Allegiance Mayor Dennis Tyler, City of Muncie Medley of Music America’s Hometown Band Trombone Quartet Introduction of Speaker Michael Miller, Superintendent of […]
Sep 12, 2017
Beech Grove Cemetery Historic Tour Saturday, October 14 at 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM Take a guided walking tour of a portion of Delaware County’s largest landmark, learn about interesting local historical figures, view historic artifacts from Minnetrista’s Special Collections in the chapel, and join us for refreshments by the fountain. Tours are on the […]
Computerized records of interments are available for 42,000 burials. Tombstone readings by the Delaware County Historical Alliance of the earliest 7,200 burials are available in book form.