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Rosehill Cemetery is a 350-acre nature and history sanctuary whose entrance is a Chicago architectural landmark. The cemetery features memorials to 14 Chicago mayors, 16 Civil War generals, Nobel Prize winner and vice president Charles Gates Dawes and businessmen Richard Sears, Montgomery Ward, Oscar Meyer, Milton Florsheim and Jonas Kuppenheimer. The entrance on Ravenswood is a rare Midwestern example of castellated Gothic architecture. This entrance was designed by William W. Boyington, constructed in 1864, and classified as a Chicago landmark in 1980. When constructed, the cemetery was not within Chicago's borders. The cemetery has hosted Civil War re-enactments in the past, but as of this writing more re-enactments have not been scheduled.The cemetery also recently renovated some 200 markers of the Civil War dead. Fifteen of the older, eroded limestone markers were left untouched for visitors to compare to the renovated ones. As a nature sanctuary, Rosehill has two lagoons, 25 miles of roads and is home to raccoons, swans, geese, rabbits, squirrels and even blue heron. In the fall Canada geese swarm in by the hundreds.