Hartland Union Burying Ground

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Hartland Union Burying Ground

Location
Hartland, McHenry County, Illinois, USA
Memorials 35 added (11% photographed)

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Hartland Union was officially deeded as a cemetery by Daniel Blair on March 31, 1854, but had been in use for some years prior to that. It was the primary Protestant cemetery in an overwhelmingly Catholic township. Indications are that there were many more burials than are listed. This may well be the largest untended existing cemetery in the county. This is an excellent example of the problems besetting abandoned graveyards. Despite watchful neighbors, vandals have destroyed stones and tried to excavate graves. Well meaning attempts to reclaim the place in recent years have only caused more damage. Cleanup crews moved stones from their original location, thereby destroying their historic value. Clearing out deadwood and underbrush without providing for future maintenance encouraged more vigorous weedy shrubs and trees to take hold. The inevitable conclusion is that these places are better maintained by simply keeping them under surveillance – a sort of protective abandonment – until funds become available to restore them properly.

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GPS Coordinates: 42.34047, -88.49157

  • Added: 3 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2383095