The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery is located in Springfield, Illinois.

The 117th national cemetery within the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, was dedicated on October 3, 1999. Thousands of tourists come from all across the United States each year to remember those who have served their country in this beautiful, quiet setting.

The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery is located north of Route 53 in Elwood, on the grounds of the former Joliet Army Ammunition Plant. The 16th president of the United States and the founder of the national cemetery system, Abraham Lincoln, is honored at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. President Abraham Lincoln signed a legislation permitting the building of national cemeteries “… for the troops who die in the service of the country” on July 17, 1862, early in the Civil War. As a result of this act, the first 14 national cemeteries were established.

President Abraham Lincoln’s legacy is especially important to the people of Illinois, where he lived, practiced law, and was elected to the 13th Congress as a State Assemblyman and Representative. Lincoln is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, which is close to the state capitol.

Churches In 1859, the Baptist Church, which is now the Masonic Lodge #919 and is still standing on Chicago Street, was built.

The Presbyterian Church, subsequently known as the Elwood Community Church, was founded in 1895 on Mississippi Avenue and Chicago Street.

Masonic Lodge 919 – Baptist Church

Additional History of the Presbyterian Church

The Village of Elwood underwent a lot of changes in 1940. Local farmers were forced to sell 14,858 acres of land to the US Army. The property was purchased for $3,291,172. This site was intended to be used for a munitions plant, which was dubbed the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant by some and the Joliet Arsenal by others. On December 11, 1940, work on the structure began.


Tallgrass Prairie of Midewin National Park

Midewin was founded in 1996 to restore the original prairie ecology following the deactivation of the Joliet Arsenal. Rt. 53 runs through Midewin, which is just south of Elwood.