Roundabout plans shift road to leave cemetery untouched

A cemetery that includes the final resting place of Greenwood’s first mayor will remain untouched when a roundabout is built nearby.

Greenwood Cemetery, located on Main Street just west of U.S. 31, is the final resting place for some of the city’s pioneers and a handful of Civil War veterans who came before them. A roundabout designed to improve traffic flow will be shifted in order to preserve the history of the 37-acre cemetery.

The cemetery was created in 1884, and at the time the area was primarily farmland. A home stood along Main Street just west of the cemetery’s current entrance, and the water pump still stands. Now the cemetery is surrounded by residential neighborhoods that thousands of people call home, with restaurants and shops just down the road.

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