Fort Hill Cemetery

Avon Township, Lake County, Illinois

“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
UPDATED 7/24/2021

In honor of Memorial Day 2021, read the genealogy of two Veterans buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery that made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country:

(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 – 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)

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.

To learn more about the history of Fort Hill, select “History”; if you are doing genealogy research on an individual that lived in the area and buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery, you will want to select “Genealogy”; to read the preservation story of the Fort Hill Cemetery, select “Preservation”; and if you have information about any of the individuals buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery or about the Fort Hill Settlement, we would like to hear from you by selecting “Contact”.

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.