News & Updates
Restoration of the Ben Fuller Farmhouse
The Fullersburg Historic Foundation has contracted with STV, Inc. and Terence Russell, historic architect, to perform a structural analysis and feasibility use study for the historic c.1840 Ben Fuller Farmhouse. Plans call for the farmhouse to be historically restored and used as an interpretive and educational center for visitors to the Fullersburg Historic District.
To read more about the Ben Fuller Farmhouse Restoration Project visit www.dupageforest.com .
Fullersburg Photo Contest
The Fullersburg Association will now be hosting a photography contest for photos of the park's historic and natural sites.
We thank you for your continuing support.
Events & Programs
Watch as massive projectors light up the facade of the Benjamin Fuller Home as the story of Fullersburg, Graue Mill, Salt Creek, and the brave pioneers who settled here brought to life in front of you.
The Benjamin Fuller Home, built in 1843, is one of the oldest buildings in the area and is truly a saved gem of the past. Your attendance will help restore this beautiful piece of history back to its original glory!
Learn the history of this wonderful, historic area through a gorgeous multimedia show.
Don’t miss your chance to see Fullersburg brought back to life in light!
Civil War Gravestone Dedication
July 23rd 1PM
On July 23rd, 2016, the Fullersburg Historic Association will be holding a dedication for the gravestones of many soldiers who fought in the Civil War. We conduct this ceremony in conjunction with the Philip H. Sheridan Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. This is just the start of a project that is jointly underway between the organization to find headstones for unnamed soldiers and to clean and maintain the headstones for all.
Among those receiving new grave markers are John J. Andre, a Marylander whose sympathies were with the south and who served with the 1st Maryland Infantry, 12th Virginia Cavalry and the 2nd Maryland Cavalry. Harvey A. Cooper, a New Yorker who served in the 85th New York Infantry and later the 4th United States Artillery, has also received a new headstone. Finally, Illinois native Malchom J. Palmer who served in the 156th Illinois Infantry will had his grave marked with a new headstone.
During the ceremony, Don Fuller will speak of some of the experiences of those who fought in the civil war and some specific experiences of those buried. Pastor Jay Klein of Zion Lutheran Church will provide the invocation and an inspirational message. A rifle salute will then be provided by the Hinsdale American Legion Post #250.
The Ceremony will begin at approximately 1:00pm. The Cemetery located at the north end of Garfield Street, between Fuller Road and Maumell Street in Hinsdale. We hope to see you there to remember those veterans of the Civil War and the courage they showed on the battlefield.
Memorial Day Ceremony at
Every Memorial Day
11 am to 2 pm.
Every Memorial Day, families gather at the historic Fullersburg Cemetery to remember their relatives who were buried there. The cemetery is the final resting place of many of the founders of Fullersburg and Hinsdale. As the population grew it became a private cemetery and was enclosed by a fence in order to protect the fragile headstones. Many of the area’s WWI and Civil War soldiers are buried there along with a Confederate soldier in an unmarked grave. The Grand Army of the Republic held Memorial Day services at this cemetery from 1882 to 1920. Fifty to one hundred Veterans would gather to recall events of that great American Civil War. Today, the cemetery’s flag is replaced in a simple ceremony each Memorial Day.
A walk through the cemetery takes one back to the early days of settlement of the area. The large group of Fuller family graves includes that of Jacob Fuller and his wife Candace, whose stone marks the oldest grave. Their son, Ben, who donated the land for the cemetery in 1851, lays nearby, along with Morell Fuller, a drummer in the Civil War. John Coe, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and his son Samuel, another Civil War veteran, are buried there. The graves of Barto Van Velzer, the first toll road keeper, and his wife Mary (Fuller), the first schoolteacher can be found there. Other names that evoke the past are Fox, Franke, Ruchty, Walker, and Wegener.
Through the efforts of the Fuller family and the Fullersburg Historic Foundation, the cemetery will be opened to the public each Memorial Day from 11 am to 2 pm. There will be a tour of the cemetery beginning at 11:45 am and the flag replacement ceremony will begin at 12:30 pm. The cemetery is located at the North end of Garfield Street, between Fuller Road and Maumell Street in Hinsdale.