Downer Burial Place
Downers Grove, IL
In 1974, the Park District accepted ownership of this small but significant cemetery, in order to preserve the history and integrity of the burial site and protect it from future development. Pierce Downer, considered to be the first white settler in the area when he pitched a tent on this site in 1833, is buried here with his wife Lucy and other family members. Thirty years after their arrival, Pierce and Lucy died within a day of each other and were laid to rest under this grove of trees.
Today, this small cemetery is visited by local school children and Downers Grove residents interested in learning about the original settlers of this area. The site includes headstones for several Downer family members, plus other stone markers and a park bench. The burial site is located on the west side of Linscott Avenue between Lincoln Street and Grant Street. Access to the burial site is currently by way of a paved driveway that is shared with the adjacent home owner to the south. A small sign along the west side of Linscott Avenue marks the driveway and entrance into the burial site.
Dawn to Dusk
No improvements are currently planned for the upcoming construction season.