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Sylvandale Cemetery
Wythe Township
Hancock County
Illinois  USA

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Sylvandale Cemetery, Wythe Township, Hancock County, Illinois
This is an old cemetery but one which is not taken on any size. It is one of the smallest public burying grounds and most obscure in the county. In all probability there will never be another burial here.

It is located on the north half of a rectangular plot about big enough for a family home on a rural corner, facing two gravel roads. It is about as depressing an environment as can be found in the county, unsightly fences and an unsatisfactory horizon.

To get to it one takes the blacktop west out of Basco, Illinois, and after a couple of miles turns south on the gravel. It is about a mile down this side road.

A one room rural grade school building stood on the south half of the corner plot at one time. This old building, symbol of the horse and buggy age in Western Illinois, has been gone from the landscape here for many years now and all that is left to remind sentimental souls of the scenes of their childhood here is the school well.

The entire plot is grown up to brush and weeds now it is fenced on the field sides, the north and east, with sharp farm field wire fence.

Most of the monuments and Sylvandale are cheap and shoddy in appearance or are down. These dead clearly were not from families where Wealth was taken for granted.

This was taken from Hancock County IL GenWeb.
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