Indian Spring Cemetery, resting near the banks of Alligator Creek, is Charlotte County's second oldest cemetery. It dates back to 1886 when former Punta Gorda City Councilman James L. Sandlin (1858-1903) donated the land for a public cemetery. Sandlin's friend Albert Waller Gilchrist, a Punta Gorda founder and Florida's 20th governor, platted Indian Spring Cemetery in the 1880s and fittingly, it serves as his final resting place.
The name Indian Spring may predate the platting of the cemetery. A small spring once fed into the Alligator Creek from Indian Spring Cemetery ground and is thought to have been used by indigenous peoples as a fresh water source. Noted simply as the "Creek Cemetery" in turn of the century obituaries, this burial ground was also known briefly in the late 1920s as "Pineapple River Cemetery."
Indian Spring Cemetery is also the final resting place for over 380 known veterans who served in the American Civil War (including confederate soldiers and of the Michigan Brigade of the Grand Army of the Republic), the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II (including the Battle of the Bulge and the Asia-Pacific War), Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
Volunteer groups interested in local history, beautification, preservation and archaeology are vital to historical cemetery preservation. If your group or organization would like to Adopt-A-Cemetery please contact Keep Charlotte Beautiful at 941.764.4390.
Today the cemetery remains active and burial space is available for $950 each. To purchase interment rights at Indian Spring Cemetery, contact Public Works at 941.575.3600.