Road Trips

Iron’s Cemetery

A ring of trees hides the old cemetery from view, but it stands right next to the abandoned alignment of US 40 and the National Road I wrote about last time. It’s in the upper-right corner of this aerial image.


This scene is the only clue of the cemetery that’s visible from the highway. The small sign calls it Iron’s Cemetery.

Iron's Cemetery

The path back to the cemetery is dark.

Iron's Cemetery

When you emerge into the light, the hushed space seems to be a million miles from anywhere. US 40 is 150 feet away.

Iron's Cemetery

The oldest gravestone I found dates to 1872. The most prominent marker remembers a much-revered minister who died in 1885.

Iron's Cemetery

Unfortunately, many gravestones lie broken, as if casually discarded.

Iron's Cemetery

ReadMore The cemetery at my church is in similar condition. I recently photographed it.


6 thoughts on “Iron’s Cemetery

  1. Lone Primate says:

    It’s strange that some of the headstones are in such disarray. It’s obvious that someone’s taking care of the cemetery otherwise. I recently visited a golf course that has been abandoned for only three or four years and was stunned at how quickly it’s gone to pot; plants half again as tall as me… none of that is in evidence in Iron’s Cemetery, though.


    • There’s no church nearby. Probably never was one, given its place along the original road’s path. Couldn’t tell you anything more about it.


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