Lockbourne Cemetery

The OES visited Lockbourne Cemetery on September 8, 2001. Located on Landis Street in the canal town of Lockbourne, we stumbled upon this cemetery while searching for old canal locks and relics. Most of the tombstones were in good condition as the property is cared for by township trustees, but some were weathered beyond recognition. The earliest tombstone we found belonged to Jas. E. Curry, who died in 1849, but records indicate the earliest burial in the cemetery dated to 1835. It was probably around that time when the cemetery was established. This cemetery should not be confused with the Landes (Plum Travis) Cemetery, also known as the Lockbourne Plague Cemetery, which sits in the middle of a farmer’s field about a mile away. There was also an Old Lockbourne Cemetery located on Commerce Street, established in 1820. It was abandoned in 1876. Many of the burials from the old cemetery were moved to nearby Fernwood Cemetery as well as the current Lockbourne Cemetery. Lockbourne Cemetery is said to be haunted as well. Witnesses have reported seeing strange lights in the cemetery and have heard mysterious voices. We experienced neither during our trip to the cemetery.

Location Information: Inactive Cemetery [Safe]

Lockbourne Cemetery is located at the intersection of Landis and Lock Streets in Lockbourne; Franklin County.