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Greenwood Cemetery Walk

  • Presented By
    Rockford Historical Society
  • Location
    Greenwood Cemetery
    1011 Auburn St.
    Rockford, IL 61103
  • Phone
    (815) 398-0555
  • Date
    May 21, 2022
  • Time
    Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm
  • Price
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Rockford Historical Society is hosting its annual Cemetery Walk in Greenwood Cemetery. Learn about Rockford’s history from those who lived it. Over 15 interpreters will share insights about prominent residents at their grave sites. Rockford’s heritage is enriched by the lives and deeds of the men and women who have preceded us.

Guests can visit all or some of the grave sites represented. Walkers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. Maps will be available near the Chapel to start your tour. Free bottled water provided by Rockford Historical Society. This is a free event; donations are accepted.

Greenwood Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Rockford. It began in 1844 at a site along Kent Creek, located on the land now occupied by Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum’s Railroad Garden and the railroad yards. Mrs. Richard Montague was the first person interred in the new cemetery. In 1852, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad bought the land to build a railroad yard in Rockford. The trustees needed to move the cemetery to a new location. May 1852, the cemetery trustees bought a 33-acre tract on the corner of North Main and Auburn Streets. David Alling was hired to move 175 bodies to the new cemetery. The cemetery grew to its current size of over 100 acres.

The distinctive chapel, designed by Chicago architect Henry Lord Gay, was built in 1891. In 1921, the cemetery’s name was changed from West Rockford Cemetery to Greenwood Cemetery. Veterans of every war are interred in Greenwood Cemetery, including one Revolutionary War veteran and 529 Civil War veterans.

Subarea:Rockford Northwest

Greenwood Cemetery Walk