The Friends of Oakwood Cemetery is a volunteer organization with a mission to preserve, protect and promote Oakwood Cemetery, a historic cemetery in Macomb, Illinois. 


The Friends of Oakwood Cemetery

  • Support the upkeep and beautification of the cemetery
  • Raise funds for the cemetery, through donations and bequests
  • Maintain contact with relatives of those buried at Oakwood Cemetery, through a newsletter and a website and in doing so enlarge support beyond present town residents
  • Develop cultural events connected with the cemetery, including tours, monument dedications or re-dedications, dramatic performances, and other events
  • Promote the cemetery as a symbol of community


Oakwood Cemetery Tour -Sat. June 1, 2019 9:30-10:30am

John Hallwas at Oakwood Cemetery, Macomb, IL
John Hallwas at Oakwood Cemetery, Macomb, IL


Tour of Macomb's Oakwood Cemetery

Tour Guide: Dr. John Hallwas and Gary Rhoads

Take a tour of Macomb's lovely Oakwood Cemetery with historian John Hallwas and sexton Gary Rhoads. Used for over 160 years as a place for remembrance and meaningful inner experience, the cemetery is also one of the most complex historic sites in the county, evoking fascinating stories, related to every era of local history. Highlighted on the tour will be the 100-year-old mausoleum, Oakwood Abbey.

Tour is co-organized by Friends of Oakwood Cemetery, McDonough County Genealogical Society, Western Illinois Museum and the City of Macomb.

This tour will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

The tour will meet at Oakwood Cemetry. Suggested $5 donation.