When you think of cemeteries and graves, you usually think of stones and plaques with dates and a name on them. Well, there’s a grave in Indiana that’s famous because it’s so unique and symbolizes the grief of parents.
Located in Connersville, Indiana is the grave of young Vivian Mae Allison and it is a grave that many people love to visit due to its uniqueness. Instead of an ordinary tombstone marker, Vivan’s parents erected a dollhouse where their daughter’s grave is located. Vivan lived from May 5, 1894 to October 20, 1899, making her only 5 years old when she died. According to OrangeBeanIndiana.com the reason there is a dollhouse for Vivan’s tombstone is that his father was building him a dollhouse for Christmas that year, but unfortunately the young Vivan did not come on Christmas to receive his gift. Vivan’s parents cared for the dollhouse for nearly 70 years, and when they both passed away, other family members cared for the grave. Since the immediate family members have all passed away, the town of Connersville has many volunteers working to keep the dollhouse in good condition and safe from vandals.
The dollhouse has a plaque that says it was renovated in 1991 and again in 2019. I think it’s beautiful that people are still maintaining Vivan’s dollhouse over 100 years later. When you peek inside the dollhouse, you’ll see a bed, chest, toys, and trinkets. I think one of my favorite things inside the dollhouse is a little tricycle pulling a cart that says “Vivan” on the side. This dollhouse is truly a representation of the love and heartbreak of parents. If you decide to visit Vivan’s tomb, please only take pictures and be respectful, she was someone’s daughter. Watch the video below to see the interior of the dollhouse.
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