History of Bailly CemeteryHistorical Information Regarding of Bailly Cemetery . . . .

The Bailly Cemetery is located approximately three-quarters of a mile north of the Joseph Bailly Homestead in Westchester Township, at the base of a sand ridge in the center of the northeast quarter of Section 27. It is the oldest white burial ground in Porter County [click here for an enumeration of Bailly Cemetery burials]. It has been recorded that Joseph Bailly buried his son, Napoleon B. "Robert" Bailly, here in 1827. It has also been recorded that Native Americans first used the site for the burial of their dead. Though skeletons have been uncovered at the cemetery site on numerous occasions, they have always been reburied without a determination of their race. Hence, it has not been conclusively determined whether the Bailly Cemetery was originally a sacred Indian burial ground.

The following three detailed reports have been published regarding Bailly Cemetery, all of which have been fully transcribed (to access transcribed reports, click links):

        Clemenson, A. Berle, Kenneth W. Bennett, and Catherine H.
        Blee. 1976. Historic Structure Report, Bailly Cemetery:
        Historical, Architectural, and Archeological Data, Indiana
        Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana
. United States Department
        of the Interior, National Park Service, Historic Preservation
        Division. Denver, Colorado: United States Department of the
        Interior. 85 p.

        Stephens, Theodore. 1956. Bailly Cemetery - Roman Style.
        Duneland Historical Society, Living Biographies 2(4):1-6.

        Sullivan, James R. 1958. Historic Site Survey: The Bailly
        Homestead, Porter County, Indiana
. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
        United States Department of the Interior, National Parks
        Service, Region Five. 40 p.

Bailly Cemetery historical transcriptions prepared by Steven R. Shook


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