To see all content, you will need the current version of Adobe Flash Player.
Home "The Hill" Who Is Listening To The Dead Sticks From "The Hill" Sticks From "The HiLL" Harold Arnett Granville Calhoun Nicholis Bindle Hod Putt Benjamin Pantier Mrs. Benjamin Pantier Julia Miller Manerva Jones Editor Wheadon Willie Metcalf Map Walking Tours of "The Hill" Gallery of Graves Contact The GateKeeper
Oak Hill Cemetery "The Hill" in Lewistown, IL. provided the inspiration for Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology, and many of the characters in this work have been linked to individuals interred in the cemetery. Oak Hill Cemetery is often referred to as "The Hill," in reference to the first section of Masters' Anthology. According to Masters, 66 of the anthology characters correspond to persons buried in the cemetery.It has taken 100 years for the local residents of "Spoon River" to acknowledge that many of the people that Masters wrote epitaphs of were actual inhabitants of the town. Many of them were still living when the book was published in 1915. It was a world wide literary success, but the book was banned in the community, schools and the public library until the mid 1970's. Thanks to local historians and descendants of those buried on "The Hill", we now know where those graves are.
The dead relive their lives in this production of "Living and Dying In Spoon River"Coming Spring of 2018