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LOCAL AUTHOR MADALYN KINSEY Writer and Photographer / Kara Reibel

Madalyn Kinsey spent her summers at her grandparent’s farm in Fishers. Back in the 1960s, driving from Indianapolis to Fishers seemed like a long journey out into the country. During these visits, Kinsey and her cousins would explore the farm, which included a creek, woods and a cemetery containing a mysterious gravesite for a Civil War soldier. “As kids, we always wondered about this man’s story,” recalls Kinsey. “I recall being able to view the cemetery off into the distance from the back bedroom window and wondering if we’d see wisps of translucent white rising from the graves when the clock struck midnight.” It’s not surprising that Kinsey pulled from these childhood memories certain

elements for her coming-of-age Vanessa Mysteries Series. The books feature Vanessa, a 14-year-old city girl who visits her grandparents’ farm during the summer of 1967. In her first book, “The Ghost of Cheeney Creek,” Kinsey focuses upon a mystery of a nearby abandoned home and its possible ties to a Civil War soldier’s gravesite. Gatewood is Kinsey’s family name, and her grandparents and other family members owned most of the land north of 96th Street along both sides of Allisonville Road. Her grandparents’ farmhouse was on the northwest area off Allisonville and 106th Street (a portion of their land became what is now the Gatewood subdivision). The cemetery still exists for local snoopers to respectfully explore. atFishers.com / FEBRUARY 2016 / FISHERS MAGAZINE / 29

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Fishers Magazine February 2016  

Why wait until spring? Fishers Sports Academy, LLC offers indoor training for softball and baseball players. / Read more: atFishers.com

Fishers Magazine February 2016  

Why wait until spring? Fishers Sports Academy, LLC offers indoor training for softball and baseball players. / Read more: atFishers.com

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