Bachelor's Grove Cemetery

     Bachelor's Grove Cemetery is a small, abandoned cemetery in the Chicago area. The Cemetery is located near Midlothian and Oak Forest, Illinois near the Rubio Woods Forest Preserve. It is well-known for its haunted stories and ghost sightings. More than 100 reports of glowing balls of light, apparitions, and unexplained noises.
 

Bachelor's Grove Cemetery was chosen to be a burial ground in 1844, settled by "Yankee farmers" as Clarence Fulton, the now deceased caretaker of the cemetery claimed in a 1977 newspaper article. Currently, it is unused, but it was used for burials until at least 1989. Due to the location of the cemetery along a small, unused road, vandalism has been common. The small entrance road was once a branch of the Midlothian Turnpike until the early 60's, when the smaller branch was left in favor of letting traffic go onto 143rd street. The closing of the road engendered the "lover's lane" era of Bachelor's Grove, making it the perfect spot for teenagers looking for a clandestine spot to park and become amorous with each other. It was around this time that many ghost stories about Bachelor's Grove came into being. In the early 70's, vandalism developed from scattered littering to full on destruction of tombstones and trees. Of the estimated 200 tombstones that once were in the cemetery, only 20 remain: the ones that are too heavy to be moved. In addition to that, several graves were dug up, forcing those in charge to set the tombs in concrete for protection. Reports of satanic rituals have enhanced the legends of haunting's and ghosts, though to this day only anecdotal evidence as well as alleged pictures of "orbs" exist to prove such a haunting. Despite the fact that the cemetery is allegedly one of the most haunted gravesites in the country, it seems as if the human visitors' desecration of the site, in addition to the natural sounds and visual stimuli of a dark forest, combined with preconceived expectations, are more likely the cause of such reports.
 
All photographs were taken by Craig Perry of near Chicago. Craig & his wife would like to see something done to save this old abandoned cemetery. I did a little research myself on this & found another web site with information on cleaning up this cemetery but none of their photos compare with the ones just taken on April 21, 2007 taken by Craig. maybe some of these ghostly haunting's are due to the ones left who want to be remembered and instead of trying to keep people out they are trying to get people to do something about this. Thank you Craig & I sincerely hope we can get something done here.

Cemeteries all around this state are becoming lost & abandoned due to neglect, humans destroying them unwittingly, with mowers, burning off of weeds, weather worn stones needing replacing. Is this how in another hundred years we would like to have our children who have died, we who have died, with no stone, plowed over & corn, beans, wheat, whatever planted over us. No place to call our last resting place. Think about it!!! Because it is happening all over the State of Illinois and soon some of them will be lost forever IF WE the people do not take a stand & do something now. This could be ours in a hundred years. Nothing last forever unless you take care of it.  Thanks for listening.

This information was taken from the page originally on Illinois Saving Graves when I took it over. this is now a new page and the other page I have no control over and will not be linking to it anymore. Illinois Saving Graves web site is still in operation & work on it constantly it seems. The guys at the other place on Saving Graves I have contacted but get no response so I have no idea what is happening on their end of the stick so to speak.

Date: 10/24/00

Cemetery: Bachelor's Grove
Street: 143rd and midlothian turnpike
City: Bremen Township
County: Cook
State: Illinois
Nation: United States
Zip: unknown
Nearby: it is on a closed road by a tower across from the rubio woods preserve parking lot.
Land Type: Public
Status: Abandoned
Accessible: Yes
Unmarked graves: Yes
Graves within: 150
Oldest grave: 1844
Newest grave: 1989
Records: Unsure
Inventory: Unsure
Records location:
Owner:
Condition: Cemetery in danger of destruction
Encroachment
Removed Headstones
Overgrown-ground cover
Apathy
Broken Headstones
Buried Headstones
Disintegrating Headstones
Fallen Headstones

Previous contacts: We are currently organizing an effort to find answers. At the moment the cemetery is a sore subject with all officials involved. They want it to disappear. This is an emergency! I have just learned that there are approx. 150 people buried in this one acre sight that is about to be swallowed by water. We know that there are only about 20 headstones left though. Many are to be found on the bottom of the lagoon behind it. The last body was buried in 1965. The last ashes were buried in 1989.

I wanted to let you know that the Restoration has a new web address at doesn't work anymore Things are moving along slowly yet we have accomplished quite a bit of research on those buried at the cemetery. Sadly most records are missing and the families are proving difficult to contact. We are hoping that more volunteers will come forward soon. A new small sign will also be placed at the cemetery in the coming weeks until the restoration is fully underway.

Submitted by / Contact for additional Information:

name: David Berault

 

Bachelor's Grove Cemetery, Cook Co., IL from road.

thumbnail photos above & below. are much bigger photos

more photos to come.
 
 
 
 
 

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