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South Henderson Church Cemetery Walk
September 30 @ 6:30 pm
Voices from the past–a program featuring “ghosts” of the area’s early settlers and other residents of the cemetery. Program at 6:30 p.m. in the Church located four miles east of Gladstone, IL. (1450 E/1450E/County Rd 100 N) Free will offering. Those wishing to explore the cemetery during daylight hours on Sunday, September 30 may obtain printed guides at the Henderson County Library or on site. For more information, contact Diana Taylor at 309-337-0899. Event sponsored by the Stronghurst Booster Club and the Henderson County Bicentennial Committee.
The South Henderson Church is a historic Presbyterian church located in rural Henderson County. The church was built in 1854. The vernacular building has a wood frame plan and limestone walls and used local materials in its construction, which cost $3,855.55. Reverend Robert Ross led the congregation when it built the 1854 church; Ross was one of the founders of Monmouth College and served on its first Board of Trustees.
The congregation’s cemetery is located east of the church; an unpaved road separates the church and cemetery. An iron fence dated 1920 surrounds the cemetery. The gravestones in the cemetery are generally well-maintained, and some of the oldest ones mark the graves of Revolutionary War veterans.
South Henderson, now part of the United Presbyterian Church, disorganized in 1954, and the Old South Henderson Cemetery Association now cares for the site. The church and cemetery were added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 14, 1976.