|1101 Mascoutah Avenue|
St. Clair County
Postal Code: 62220
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Walnut Hill Cemetery, conveniently located in the southeast quadrant of the city off route 177, has been serving Belleville families since 1850. Walnut Hill is the oldest and most historic public cemetery in the area. Walnut Hill Cemetery is one of the last area cemeteries to allow above ground headstones which add to the character of this beautiful historic resting place.
Some of the unique features of the cemetery are the gently rolling grounds with above ground monuments, lawn crypts, a Civil War Memorial, a Veterans of Foreign War Memorial and other various headstone statues found through out the cemetery.
When the big cholera epidemic hit Belleville in 1849, the citizens did not want the victims of the cholera to be buried nearby. AS a result our officials sought a municipal burial plot.
On March 1, 1850, the minutes of the Town Trustees meeting states, that the trustees "concluded a bargain with Philip B. Fouke, for the purchase of a Walnut Hill Cemetery as a public burying ground for the inhabitants of Belleville."