A Chicago suburban house with its own cemetery could be yours

A historic home for sale in the Chicago suburb of Barrington Hills comes with more than hardwood floors, a master bedroom and nicely landscaped front and back yards: It comes with its own cemetery.

The country cottage at 74 Meadow Hill Road, built around 1842, comes with a lot of history, too. The Barrington Hills home, known as the Haeger School House, originally served as just that, a school house. Its namesake, David Haeger, was an important person in Chicago history. The bricks from his family brick business proved instrumental in rebuilding the city after the Great Chicago Fire. Haeger later became famous for his pottery. You can still find Haeger’s original potting shed on the home’s property.

The home even has a staircase that leads to the roof. There was a time when a fortunate student had the chance to climb those stairs to ring the school house’s bell. The home also comes with wooden floors that were installed in the home around 1857. There’s an updated farmer’s kitchen and new baths and windows.

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But back to that cemetery. Tara Kelleher, an agent with RE/MAX of Barrington and the listing agent for the property, told me that the cemetery, which sits on a bit more than 2 acres, doesn’t require any special maintenance. The owners simply have to mow it like you would any lawn.

There is some interesting history with the cemetery, though. Kelleher told me that in the 1930s, a neighbor stole most of the headstones there to use in his own house. Today, the owners of the country cottage receive a separate deed for the cemetery.

The house is listed for $430,000. You get the cemetery for free.


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