Rawlings Reservation

The Mound City National Cemetery Preservation Commission now occupies one of the oldest, most historic structures in Mound City. The Commission was given 315 North Fourth Street from Mary Catherine Willis, the surviving descendant of the family who lived there since the Civil War. Mary says she was thrilled when the Commission agreed to accept the property, knowing it would be preserved and its history honored.


Moses M. Rawlings, the founder of Mound City, built the house in 1854. The house served as a general store, post office, hotel, and even a barracks for troops guarding the nearby Navy Depot. The roof is original and made of iron. The house is known as the Rawlings Reservation, a name the Commission may decide to use from now on. 


Mary Catherine Willis is honored for her generosity and forethought to ensure the preservation of 315 S. Fourth Street, Mound City, Illinois for future generations to enjoy. 

A Remarkable History Now Preserved

The Rawlings Reservation offers the Commission an exciting opportunity. Take a moment to watch and hear from Commission leadership about potential plans. 


The Commission will publish much more about the house and its future plans in the coming months. In the meantime, the Commission welcomes history loving volunteers.