Memorial Park

630 Washington St., Indiana, PA 15701
40o 37' 10.591" N 79o 9' 4.978" W

Facilities | Events | Gravesites Map & Key | Directions

History

Although the smallest of the County Parks, Memorial Park is one of the most historic sites within Indiana County. Originally surveyed in 1774, the site was once a church cemetery (many graves are still located in the park). During the Civil War the site served as a hiding place for travelers of the Underground Railroad.

The park's doughboy statue was erected in 1925 by a group of citizens led by Alex Stewart, father of the actor James Stewart. Nearby is the Clark House, home of the Indiana County Historical and Genealogical Society. More information about the doughboy statue and its creator can be found in our "Doughboy Document".

A geophysical investigation of Memorial Park was conducted in November 2006 by IUP Archeological Services. The study was conducted to provide historical background of the park and to estimate the extent of burials within the park. Additional research is planned in the future. In order to get a better sense of where the graveyard sites within the park reside, please review the aerial photo map of the project. One look at the possible burial site map will give you some idea of just how big a cemetary Memorial park used to be. For a thorough understanding of the project, please read the report prepared by this Archeological Services group.

A further study was conducted by Mehgen Reedy Pace and several IUP students in the summer of 2012. Additional, unknown gravesites were uncovered at this time. Please read the brief findings of their report.

Facilities

The two-acre park is a shady retreat within Indiana Borough. A bandstand, used for summer concerts and an annual Memorial Day program, is located within the park.

Events

2013 Summer Concert Series!

JUNE 9

 Grist for the Mill (Contemporary/Folk)

JUNE 16

 Hiram & The Walkers (DuWop & Oldies)

JUNE 23

  Mark Garrick & Sean Moran (Duo – Variety)

JUNE 30

 Luchenbach Penna Pinchers (Americana)

JULY 7

 Cindi Kordell (Variety of Accoustic Favorites)

JULY 14

 Whiskey River Panhandlers (Contemporary/  Bluegrass)

JULY 21

  I Dunno Band (Classic Rock)

JULY 28

 Baby In The Cage (Folky Rock)

AUGUST 4

 Chuck Potthash & Lynne Jones (Favorites)

AUGUST 11

  Jukehouse Bombers (Blues)

AUGUST 18

 Andrew Mack (Acoustic/Country)

AUGUST 25

 7 Mile Run (Country)

All shows are performed from 5:30PM to 7:00PM. To learn more about the concert series, please print out the full PDF schedule. Have a great time!

Concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Refreshments will be available for sale.

Contact the parks office for additional information.

Gravesites and Key

To learn more about the early settlers of Indiana County that are buried in Memorial park, please see our map of gravesites and associated name key.

Directions

Memorial Park is located in Indiana Borough near the corner of Wayne Avenue and South 6th Street in Indiana. Other adjacent streets are Washington Street and Park Place. Detailed written directions and a directional map are available.

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