(NEW – November 2020) “Historic Preservation Recognition Award”. (Click to View)
The Ansel Brainerd Cook Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution from Libertyville presented Vern Paddock with the award on September 16, 2020 at the Fort Hill Cemetery.

(NEW – November 2020) “Before” and “After” photos of the cemetery restoration (Click to View)
During the summer of 2018 the overgrowth of brush and trees were removed from the abandoned cemetery grounds.  In July 2019 a major project to preserve the broken and leaning gravestones was completed.  The photos compare the before and after photos (2015-2020) of the Fort Hill Cemetery restoration projects. 

(NEW – November 2020) “Before” and “After” photos of  the gravestone preservation and restoration (Click to View)
Photos comparing before and after the gravestone preservation (2015-2020) of the once neglected Fort Hill Cemetery dating back to 1844.  In July 2019 about 100 gravestones had been preserved that were either broken, sinking into the ground or leaning heavily.  Through 2020 all of the white marble gravestones were cleaned along with a number of granite gravestones.  The cleaning project should be completed by the end of 2021.

(NEW – November 2020) Memorial Day 2020 Photos (Click to View)
Photos of American flags were displayed at each Veteran’s gravestones buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery.  Two Veterans were killed in action: Lt. Arthur Whitney, killed on March 13, 1863 in Springfield, Greene County, MO; and P.F.C. Clarence LeRoy Hagen, Jr., killed on June 17, 1944 in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.  Both of these two Veterans were honored with a red “K.I.A.” flag.

(NEW – May 2020) Couple’s passion for cemetery’s history seen in Memorial Day tribute (Click to Read)
Daily Herald newspaper article written by Mick Zawislak published May 22, 2020 about American flags placed at the gravestones of Veterans at the Fort Hill Cemetery.

(NEW – April 2020) Fort Hill Cemetery Preservation Update (Click to Read)
Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society “Quarterly” publication article published in the October – December, 2019 issue written by Vernon B. Paddock on the Fort Hill Cemetery Preservation.

McHenry man’s genealogy project leads to the preservation of a 175-year-old cemetery in Lake County (Click to Read)
Daily Herald newspaper article written by Mick Zawislak published July 23, 2019 during the gravestone preservation project of the Fort Hill Cemetery.

Researcher’s quest writes new chapter for Historic Lake County Cemetery (Click to Read)
Daily Herald newspaper article written by Mick Zawislak published June 18, 2018 describing the initial restoration project of the Fort Hill Cemetery.

Fort Hill Cemetery Preservation (Click to Read)
Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society “Quarterly” publication article published in the January – March, 2019 issue, written by Vernon B. Paddock on the Fort Hill Cemetery Preservation.

Preserving Illinois Cemeteries!! A must read!! (Click to Read)
Important information in preserving and cleaning gravestones.