Recognized by Landmarks Illinois as one of
“Illinois Ten Most Endangered Landmarks”
Memorial Day Open House
Sunday May 26th & Monday May 27th
Noon to 4 P.M.
Refreshments will be served
The Beecher Mausoleum, poised atop a hill at the end of a long gravel road, overlooks the small Will County, Illinois town it was meant to serve. While it is a historic symbol of days long past, its connection with the present day is very much alive through the ancestry of many of the approximately 200 souls entombed within it.
The building itself, constructed in the early part of the twentieth century, is made of fine Bedford stone with white marble walls lining the interior. It is an architectural monument to the early citizens of Beecher who envisioned eternal prominence for themselves and their kin. The spacious interior can be used as a quiet place where ancestors can pay their respects.
“The beauty, elegance, durability, strength and sacredness of purpose will be unsurpassed anywhere,” proclaimed an article in the Oct. 25, 1912 Beecher Herald. “The building itself can never be destroyed by storm or fire, as there is no wood in its construction.”
Efforts are ongoing to preserve the status and stature of the Beecher Mausoleum; to pay homage to those whose initial idea to built it, to the souls whose remains are contained within it, and to the community for which it serves.
In 1998, the Will County Historic Preservation Commission deemed the Beecher Mausoleum a historic landmark.
This site is dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of the souls interred herein.
Although substantial research has gone into learning about the people who rest here, this is an ongoing project. We are always seeking additional information.
Learn about the building itself as well as plans to create perpetual care for this historic structure.
Join us in our efforts. Donations are tax deductible.