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Indian Spring Cemetery

9500 Indian Spring Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Indian Springs Cemetery photo of gravesiteIndian Spring Cemetery, also called Indian Springs, was created in 1886 on land donated by James L. Sandlin (1858-1903), who settled on Alligator Creek in 1884. Additions were recorded in 1891, 1951, 1974 and 1975. The name 'Indian Spring' came from a small spring near the creek that was thought to have been used by native tribal dwellers. The 40-acre cemetery is the second known graveyard established in the Charlotte Harbor area and the first publicly-owned burial ground. Owned and maintained by Charlotte County since 1948, it contains over 2,500 verified interments, some unmarked, dating back to 1889.

James Sandlin was a young man who became a leading citizen of the newly-formed City of Punta Gorda. He is one of many Florida pioneers interred at Indian Spring. Albert Waller Gilchrist (1858-1926), the Florida Southern Railway surveyor who platted Indian Spring, went into politics and served as Governor of Florida from 1909 to 1913; Virginia Taylor Trabue (1832-1924), wife of Punta Gorda's founder; Joel Bean (1867-1943), founder of El Jobean, Florida's first circular city; and Sallie Jones (1895-1960), Florida's first female Superintendent of Schools, are also among the notables who rest here.

Indian Springs Cemetery marker photoCharlotte County Historical Marker: Application approved by Historical Advisory Committee on December 10, 2008. Dedication ceremony held on October 7, 2009, at Indian Spring Cemetery Road. Marker cost paid by three sponsors: Kenneth R. Barber, Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., and Jane Brenner.​

Interment Rights may be purchased at Indian Spring Cemetery for $950 per space. For more information on this cemetery, please visit Public Works Cemeteries Page or call 941.575.3600.

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