(NEW – September 2020) Preservation and Restoration Photographs of the Fort Hill Cemetery

“Before”, “During”, and “After” photos from the cemetery restoration and gravestone preservation projects.  The photos are a digital history of the very important restoration and preservation projects of the Fort Hill Cemetery.  A number of photos were taken in 2017 reflecting the poor condition of the property and gravestones.  In July 2018, the wild underbrush and trees were removed and grass-seeded where no grass was growing.  This removal project exposed a number of unseen gravestones.  In July 2019, almost 100 gravestones needed attention.  The broken grave stones were repaired and preserved, plus the heavily leaning stones were corrected to a vertical position.  In August 2019, the project to clean the marble and granite gravestones began and continued through the fall of 2020. (Photos were taken by Vernon B. Paddock and John Heider)

(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.

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