Graveyards in Virginia

Thompson Family Graveyard (Fairfax County)
Thompson Family Graveyard (Fairfax County)

The first colonists at Jamestown were buried secretly in 1607, to diguise from Powhatan how the Engish were getting weaker. The graves of those early colonists have been excavated as part of the Jamestown Rediscovery project.

Local opposition to the construction of the dam that created Smith Mountain Lake in the 1960's was mitigated by the decision of the Appalachian Power Company to find family cemeteries and move 1,135 graves from the future lake bottom.1

the garden of Westover Plantation, on the banks of the James River in Charles City County, is the special and final resting place for William Byrd II, founder of Richmond
the garden of Westover Plantation, on the banks of the James River in Charles City County, is the special and final resting place for William Byrd II, founder of Richmond

St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbia (Fluvanna County)
St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbia (Fluvanna County)

Confederate grave at St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbia (Fluvanna County)
Confederate grave at St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbia (Fluvanna County)

graveyard at Forks of Willis Church (Cumberland County)
graveyard at Forks of Willis Church (Cumberland County)

gravestones at Forks of Willis Church include fieldstone and slate
gravestones at Forks of Willis Church include fieldstone and slate

periwinkle grows at the base of a gravestone at Forks of Willis Church
periwinkle grows at the base of a gravestone at Forks of Willis Church

the Confederate war dead were honored in 1869 by a 90-foot high monument of local granite in Hollywood Cemetery
the Confederate war dead were honored in 1869 by a 90-foot high monument of local granite in Hollywood Cemetery
Source: Library of Congress, Monument at Richmond erected to Confederate soldiers by the ladies of that place

decorating the graves of the Confederate war dead at Hollywood Cemetery became an annual community event for the white community in Richmond
decorating the graves of the Confederate war dead at Hollywood Cemetery became an annual community event for the white community in Richmond
Source: Library of Congress, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia - decorating the graves of the rebel soldiers, May 31, 1867

in the mid-1800's, Richmond had graveyards on its northern edge, as well as Hollywood Cemetery on the west, to replace the traditional burying ground at St. John's Church on Church Hill
in the mid-1800's, Richmond had graveyards on its northern edge, as well as Hollywood Cemetery on the west, to replace the traditional burying ground at St. John's Church on Church Hill
Source: Library of Congress, Map of the city of Richmond, Virginia

Prince William Forest Park includes 26 old graveyards
Prince William Forest Park includes 26 old graveyards
Source: National Park Service, Archeology in the Prince William Forest Park

memorial for Confederate soldiers at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suffolk
memorial for Confederate soldiers at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suffolk

memorial at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suffolk claims Confederate soldiers fought for a just cause
memorial at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suffolk claims Confederate soldiers fought for a "just cause"

Native American Burial Sites in Virginia

Links

References

1. "Smith Mountain Lake: Jewel of the Blue Ridge," Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2016, http://cloud.chambermaster.com/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/541/File/50th_Anniversary/SMLHistoryWeb.pdf (last checked May 18, 2017)


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