Advertisements

Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery

Download this issue!Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery – Midlothian, IL
By Michael Kleen

Read about this location and more in Legends and Lore of Illinois: The Definitive Collection

Read about this location and more in Legends and Lore of Illinois: The Definitive Collection

Bachelor’s Grove has been a southside enigma for over three decades.  But like most such locations, it started out with a mundane existence.  Over one hundred years ago, picnickers dressed in their Sunday best lounged under oak trees in the park-like atmosphere of the cemetery.  Two of the grove’s neighbors heated their small homes with coal burning stoves and drew water out of their brick wells, while horse drawn buggies trotted down the dirt road.  It was a much different scene from today.

Much of the origins of Bachelor’s Grove have been obscured by the passage of time.  Even the name is a mystery.  Some say it was named after a group of single men who settled in the area around the 1830s, but a family named Batchelder already owned the land.  According to Ursula Bielski, author of Chicago Haunts, the cemetery itself was originally named Everdon’s.  Its first burial was in 1844, and the cemetery eventually contained eighty-two plots.

Click here to download the entire issue (.pdf)!

—–

Legends and Lore of Illinois Vol. 1 Digital Edition

Order all 12 issues of the Legends and Lore of Illinois from 2007 in a special digital edition for your favorite e-readers. Places covered in Vol. 1: Bachelor’s Grove, Greenwood Cemetery, Devil’s Gate, Chesterville Cemetery, Dug Hill Road, Resurrection Cemetery, “Cemetery X,” Shoe Factory Road, Ridge Cemetery, Cuba Road, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, and St. James-Sag! Plus, read bonus “personal experiences” and put your knowledge of these locations to the test with challenging trivia questions. Don’t miss these classic issues from the archives of the Legends and Lore of Illinois.

Order it today for Kindle.
Order it today for Nook.
Order it today for Kobo.

Sorry guys, this page is copyright Black Oak Media, inc., 2013. You do not have permission to copy this for any reason. Please learn how to cite your work.

Advertisements

Comments

  1. patrick says:

    hey im a resident of brookfield and have been to bachelors grove many times but i can not dig any thing up on places like riverside, berwyn, cicero, lagrange, lagrang park, and importantly my town brookfield every time i type something about myths of illinois and i git crap like bachelors grove and resurection mary its total bull please if you know anything please e-mail me on some good news

    Like

  2. Shannon says:

    This was the first cemetery i ever visited for the purpose of “ghost hunting.” I was surprised to find how peaceful it felt, not scary like i had read. It was also very sad to see all the vandalism. How people can disrespect someones grave is beyond me.

    I had the pictures developed and didn’t see much. Years later i came across them in a dresser drawer and was shocked at what i saw. There were a couple of shots with a lot of mist and in one there was what looked like a figure in the mist. I also captured what looks like a vortex.

    I’ve been there a few more times and captured an orb ot two but none as compelling as that fist time.

    Like

  3. visited recently, When we visited we felt nothing, no watching eyes no uncomfortable feelings, nothing. we actually felt pretty peaceful. The walk through the woods the back way we entered was much more terrifying than the grave sites or even the gross dead pond next to it. The plots are located right next to the road, the passing cars and constant noise and light took away from any of the “creepiness” of the area. I dont recommend making the trip unless of course its to pay your respect. If thats one of the top ten haunted places in illinois i dread the rest of the list. bummer

    Like

  4. Former Resident of 143rd Street says:

    My family and I lived for years on 143rd street(not that long ago), walking distance to the cemetery. We visited Bachelor’s Grove many times without incident.The most you will see at this location is vandalism and/or the frequent teenagers that hang out there late at night. I’m more afraid of the random people visiting the Cemetery then the Cemetery itself. We have had to call the police several times due to strange occurrences with young girls knocking on our door in the AM being chased by men (no not ghosts, real living humans preying on people out late at night). So if you do happen to find yourself in trouble visiting the Cemetery the local police just a couple blocks away will not be the ones to help you .. instead you will have to wait for the State Police since it’s an incorporated part of the city.

    Like

Trackbacks

  1. […] Bachelor’s Grove in the southwest Chicago suburb of Midlothian has been an enigma for over three decades, but like most such locations, it started out with a mundane existence.  Over one hundred years ago, picnickers dressed in their Sunday best lounged under oak trees in the park-like atmosphere of the cemetery.  Two of the grove’s neighbors heated their small homes with coal burning stoves and drew water out of their brick wells, while horse drawn buggies trotted down the dirt road.  It was a much different scene from today. […]

    Like

  2. […] Bachelor’s Grove in the southwest Chicago suburb of Midlothian has been an enigma for over three decades, but like most such locations, it started out with a mundane existence.  Over one hundred years ago, picnickers dressed in their Sunday best lounged under oak trees in the park-like atmosphere of the cemetery.  Two of the grove’s neighbors heated their small homes with coal burning stoves and drew water out of their brick wells, while horse drawn buggies trotted down the dirt road.  It was a much different scene from today. […]

    Like

  3. […] Bachelor’s Grove in the southwest Chicago suburb of Midlothian has been an enigma for over three decades, but like most such locations, it started out with a mundane existence.  Over one hundred years ago, picnickers dressed in their Sunday best lounged under oak trees in the park-like atmosphere of the cemetery.  Two of the grove’s neighbors heated their small homes with coal burning stoves and drew water out of their brick wells, while horse drawn buggies trotted down the dirt road.  It was a much different scene from today. […]

    Like

  4. […] Bachelor’s Grove in the southwest Chicago suburb of Midlothian has been an enigma for over three decades, but like most such locations, it started out with a mundane existence.  Over one hundred years ago, picnickers dressed in their Sunday best lounged under oak trees in the park-like atmosphere of the cemetery.  Two of the grove’s neighbors heated their small homes with coal burning stoves and drew water out of their brick wells, while horse drawn buggies trotted down the dirt road.  It was a much different scene from today. […]

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: