One of the oldest garden cemeteries in Tippecanoe County, Greenbush Cemetery is the resting place for some of Lafayette’s finest citizens, including William Digby, founder of Lafayette. Its historical significance, however, is not limited to the Lafayette community. U.S senators, abolitionists, and Civil War soldiers are laid to rest in Greenbush. Although the individuals buried in Greenbush Cemetery have shaped our community into what it is today, their graves remain neglected and in disrepair. Greenbush faces the threat of deterioration. Many of its tombstones need restoration; some have toppled and others are weakening. The once beautiful cemetery will be overtaken by weeds and unruly grass without consistent maintenance.
In the summer of 2013, Fairfield Township took responsibility for Greenbush after the private association overseeing the cemetery disbanded. We are now actively working to restore the cemetery with support from the community. We have requested donations of funding and supplies from local hardware stores and businesses and are beginning the work necessary to revitalize this historic landmark. With help from the City Forester, we are beginning to remove dead and hazardous trees. If you are interested in helping with this project, please consider donating by clicking the button in the sidebar to the left.
Due to the partnership and generosity of Larry Rose and Arlan Stavnheim, an endowment was set up through the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette to provide the community a way to support the Greenbush Cemetery. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so here.