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North Providence Ridge Cemetery honored with Landmark Designation

The North Providence Ridge Cemetery in Jackson Township is the latest addition to the Will County Historic Preservation list of landmarks.

The North Providence Ridge Cemetery in Jackson Township is the latest addition to the Will County Historic Preservation list of landmarks.

The North Providence Ridge Cemetery is the latest addition to the rolls of the Will County Historic Preservation Commission due to the efforts of the North Providence Ridge Cemetery Association. At a ceremony held Weds, May 3, Leonard Seltzer, the association’s president and secretary, and association members, Lois Lewis, Barb Runty and Jerry Hauen were presented with a bronze plaque to commemorate the historic significance of the cemetery.

Located in Jackson Township, the North Providence Ridge Cemetery was formally recognized in 1883, but has burial sites dating back to the 1840’s. The first meeting of the North Providence Ridge Cemetery Association was held on April 7, 1883.

“On behalf of the Commission, I commend the North Providence Ridge Cemetery Association’s management of this important landmark,” said Virginia Ferry, chairwoman of the Will County Historic Preservation Commission. “The efforts of the cemetery association have contributed to the cemetery’s serenity and peaceful ambiance. I remain grateful to the cemetery association as well as all of our property owners who have landmarked their properties and continue to show the importance of historic preservation in our communities.”

With unanimous approval from the Will County Board, this historic property became the 43rd landmark designated on Will County’s Register of Historic Places. In 1992, the board passed an ordinance creating the county’s historic preservation commission which has protected a diverse array of landmarks including bridges, houses, barns, cemeteries, and churches.

Upon landmark designation, properties become eligible for funding opportunities such as the Illinois Tax Assessment Freeze Program for Historic Residences. Once designated, the commission reviews exterior alterations that could alter the historic appearance of a property.

“I congratulate our landmark property owners who have taken such a proactive approach to preserving Will County’s rich heritage,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh. “Through the pursuit of landmark designation, our residents continue to demonstrate their care and commitment to preserving our wonderful heritage.”

For more information about Will County’s historic landmark program, please visit http://www.willcountylanduse.com/historic-preservation.

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