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Chunn's Burying Ground

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Hidden : 7/20/2010
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This cache has been placed in a small but historic cemetery by permission of Algonquin Township Trustees and the Algonquin Township Supervisor, Ms. Dianne Klemm. Please be respectful of your surroundings during your visit.

Chunn's Burying Ground (Oak Glen Cemetery)

This cemetery plot dates back to the early 1800's, one of the oldest pioneer grave sites in the county. Donated by Frank Houghteling (ref: Mrs. J. Stanek) and established by the Chunn family in 1843 with a family burial. Some sources state burials go back to 1809. Long time residents assert it was an old Indian burial ground. Chunn's is situated atop a hill, near Spring Creek and behind the former Oak Glen Schoolhouse, the white building just outside the wooden fence to the south of the cemetery. Closed to burials, the last known interment was in 1910. Unfortunately, many burial records have been lost or are nonexistent to verify some of these dates. Only one record had been found of a Civil War soldier at rest here, "William G. Kelly, who died October 7, 1861, aged 19 years 11 months, Killed at Rilla, Illinois in the defense of his country" (ref: Mr. Arnett Lines, historian from Barrington, IL., who transcribed and inventoried the graves in 1944). At that time the cemetery was overgrown and neglected. Many of the grave stones have been damaged or lost due to vandalism, since Mr. Lines reading. Approximately 20 years ago, the cemetery was cleared of debris and overgrowth by a group of local citizens. All remaining grave stones were placed in the center of the grounds in a raised locale around two oak trees. A re-dedication ceremony for the restored cemetery was held on Memorial Day, 1989. Algonquin Township currently maintains Chunn's Burying Ground.

A McHenry County Landmark dedication ceremony was held at Chunn’s Burying Ground on October 26, 2008. Chunn’s now is a protected historic site through the enactment of a county ordinance and its registration with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in Springfield. A large granite boulder at the entrance, holds a bronze plaque signifying its Landmark status. This spot denotes the final resting place of early settlers, who came here and forged a historic path in the southeast portion of McHenry County.

More Information

You can find more information about historic sites in McHenry County by visiting the McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission website. A description of the dedication ceremony can be found on the Barrington Area Library website. Much more information on Chunn's Burying Ground as well as information about the history of Fox River Grove can be found in a Local History Section at the Fox River Grove Memorial Library. Linda Stengele deserves a lot of credit for the creation and updating of much of the information in the library. She and Sue Knapp deserve credit for much of the work to restore Chunn's Burying Ground and to document the burials and for its upkeep. The Lioness Club of Fox River Grove is currently doing the maintenance of the cemetery along with Algonquin Township.

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