The Indiana State Soldiers’ Home opened in 1896 on a 187 acre site in Lafayette, Indiana. The Home’s mission was to care for honorably discharged veterans of America’s wars who were residents of Indiana. Wives and widows of veterans were also eligible for care. The Home is still in operation and known today as the Indiana Veterans’ Home.
In 2002 volunteers at the Indiana State Archives completed the massive task of foldering, boxing, and indexing the State Archives’ collection of over 10,000 packets for residents of the Indiana State Soldiers’ Home. These records date from the Home’s opening in 1896 until 1964. These records are available at the Indiana State Archives.
Indiana State Soldiers’ Home Cemetery
The cemetery is located behind the Home and has an entrance on Soldiers Home Road. As of May 2003, two complete sections, Central and West Central, have been read and transcribed and are included here.