Fort Hill Cemetery
Avon Township, Lake County, Illinois
(NEW – April 2021) Aerial photo of the Fort Hill Cemetery (Click to View)
(NEW – December 2020) Gravestone Symbols (Click to View)
(NEW – December 2020) YouTube documentary video of the Fort Hill Cemetery (10:31) (Click to Watch Video)
(NEW – December 2020) Wauconda Township – Wauconda School (Click to Read)
(NEW – November 2020) Wauconda Township – Volo School (Click to Read)
(NEW – November 2020) “Historic Preservation Recognition Award” (Click to Read)
(NEW – November 2020) “Before” and “After” photos of the cemetery restoration (Click to View)
(NEW – November 2020) “Before” and “After” photos of the gravestone preservation (Click to View)
“We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.”
– Abraham Lincoln from the Gettysburg Address
The historic Fort Hill Cemetery was officially established in 1847 and is located in Lake County, Illinois, in the southwest corner of Avon Township between the villages of Volo and Hainesville on Route 120 near Fairfield Road.
The first settlers, mainly from the East, arrived in the northeast corner of Illinois in 1833. Slowly, the early settlers trickled into the unnamed territory. This area that would become their home and community was given the name of Fort Hill Settlement in 1837.
The information provided has been compiled by Vernon B. Paddock to preserve the legacy of the Fort Hill Settlement and the individuals buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery.