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Oxford in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Indian Creek Baptist Church

The Indian Creek Pioneer Burial Ground

 
 
Indian Creek Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2018
1. Indian Creek Baptist Church Marker
close up, side A
Inscription.  
The Indian Creek Regular Baptist Church was established in 1810 as an arm of the Little Cedar Creek Church of Brookville, Indiana. The congregation purchased three acres of land for a burial ground and church and built a log structure here in 1811. Members voted in 1812 that they would receive no person who believed in the principles of slavery. By 1829, membership had reached 150 and the present brick meeting house was built. In the 1840s, membership declined due to conflict over mission activity. The congregation dissolved in 1879 and the land was deeded to the Indian Creek Cemetery Association in 1880. The county park system received the property in 1960 through and with the cooperation of the Butler County Historical Society and the Cemetery Association.

The Indian Creek Burial Ground was the first land purchased in Butler County to be used for a cemetery. The ground was never plotted and burial was free. Stones marked the graves of those who never completed their westward jouneys, among them children and parents as well as some of the founders of the church. Other notable burials include Thomas Boone, cousin of Daniel Boone

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and soldiers from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. In 1880, after the church dissolved, the Indian Creek Cemetery Association was formed to continue maintenance and grounds upkeep. MetroParks of Butler County and the Indian Creek Restoration Committee continue to preserve this sacred place as a way for all to connect with Ohio's frontier past.
 
Erected 2015 by W.E. Smith Family Charitable Trust, Indian Creek Pioneer Church and Burial Ground Committee, The Ohio Historical Connection. (Marker Number 34-9.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
 
Location. 39° 27.875′ N, 84° 47.184′ W. Marker is in Oxford, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is on Indian Creek Road (County Route 37), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3000 Indian Creek Road, Oxford OH 45056, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Creek Regular Baptist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Woodside Cemetery / Maurice Rocco Jazz Musician (approx. 3.6
Indian Creek Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2018
2. Indian Creek Baptist Church Marker
close up, side B
miles away); Oxford Female Institute / Caroline Scott Harrison 1832-1892 (approx. 3.8 miles away); William Holmes McGuffey (approx. 3.9 miles away); Lynching in America / Lynchings In Oxford, OH (approx. 3.9 miles away); Oxford Veterans Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Stanton's "Magnificent Dwelling" / Elizabeth Cady Stanton (approx. 4 miles away); Alpha Delta Phi (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxford.
 
Indian Creek Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2018
3. Indian Creek Baptist Church Marker
full view of marker, with kiosk and gate in background
Indian Creek Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 10, 2018
4. Indian Creek Baptist Church Marker
marker site as seen from approach on Indian Creek Road, eastbound. If traveling westbound, you will miss it on the curve.
Indian Creek Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2018
5. Indian Creek Baptist Church Marker
the old brick Church
Indian Creek Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2018
6. Indian Creek Baptist Church Marker
a view of the cemetery
Seasonal Access Dates image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Grant & Mary Ann Fish, February 7, 2020
7. Seasonal Access Dates
The marker is located within a park that is closed in the winter. Although the marker is visible from the road (side A), walking around the auto gate when it is closed to get a closer look at the marker is technically trespassing.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 671 times since then and 169 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 17, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.   7. submitted on February 9, 2021, by Grant & Mary Ann Fish of Galloway, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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