Conwell Cemetery is located on the north side of Laurel, Indiana, on State Road 121, on the edge of town. It is situated on a hill, with a rock wall surrounding the hillside. The cemetery, founded in the mid-1800's, is the site of at least 61 military graves, 50 of those located so far, belonging to Civil War soldiers. At this time, we estimate approximately 600 graves total in the cemetery, although we will probably never know exactly.
The cemetery has had some serious problems in the past few decades. Lack of available funds to do more than mow, vandalism, the elements, weeds and even flowers planted by loved ones, have taken their toll on the once-beautiful landmark in Laurel. Records of who was buried there were lost in the 1970's, further complicating matters.
Our project, which started informally in 1999, has become the Conwell Restoration In Peace Committee. (R.I.P.) The committee has three members, Jesse & Carol Greer and Mike Makovic.
Our goals for the cemetery are to clear the briars and brush along the edges of the cemetery, remove fallen limbs, clean and reset stones, and repair those that are damaged to the best of our ability. We also are going to map the cemetery, do a listing of stones and their locations, as well as eventually make a searchable database of names for genealogists to use. When the project is finished, we should also have a photograph for each stone. (Some may have more than one stone per photograph, but the stone will be legible in the photograph.)
This site will be used as a way to communicate with each other and with the community, so that we can keep track of where we are in this project, what still needs to be done, and what's been accomplished so far.
Feel free to look around and see what we're doing. We welcome volunteers, so please keep us in mind!