Dodge Grove Cemetery

Dodge Grove CemeteryOn April 7, 1862, a resolution was adopted by the Mattoon City Council to purchase ground for a city cemetery. In December of that year it was given the name Dodge Grove. It formally opened in the spring of 1863.

According to William LeBaron, Jr. in The History of Coles County, Illinois, Dodge Grove received its name as a result of a horse race in Springfield, Illinois. The Whitley family, owners of the “Dodge Filly,” had staked their mare in a race and lost. Not wanting to lose the horse, they returned home and turned the horse loose in a grove of trees. The new owner and officers of the law could not find the mare in the grove and “thus the filly dodged capture and the grove captured the name of Dodge.”

Francis Ada Robertson, who died at the age of three years and 11 months, was the first person buried in the cemetery on March 20, 1863. Three American Generals of the Civil War are buried at Dodge Grove, along with approximately 260 Civil War soldiers, including one unknown Confederate soldier.

Rich in history, Dodge Grove Cemetery continues to grow. It consists of 60 acres and approximately over 20,000 burials.

Lots are available. For pricing, please call 217-234-2055.

Cremation Niche

Dodge Grove Cemetery cremation nicheDodge Grove Cemetery has installed the first outdoor cremation niche in Coles County, Illinois. The cremation niche is located in the square behind the Mausoleum, surrounded by trees.

Our Niche features 48 cubicles, 24 facing the west and 24 facing the east, along with a marble front that will serve as the tombstone for engraving name and dates.

Please call the office at 217-234-2055 to reserve your cubical.


Dodge Grove Cemetery is located 3 blocks north of IL-121 (Dewitt Avenue) on 22nd Street.

Contact Information

If you would like more information on Dodge Grove Cemetery, contact us using one of the methods below.

Director: Kurt Stretch
Sexton: Robert Newlin
917 N. 22nd, Mattoon, Illinois 61938
Phone: 217-234-2055
Fax: 217-258-6435

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