Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Blandford Cemetery-second largest cemetery in Virginia


Blandford Cemetery is located in Petersburg, Virginia. The oldest stone reads 1702. The cemetery is 189 acres, which makes it the second largest cemetery in Virginia with Arlington National Cemetery as the largest. The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Exiting Mount Hebron, Winchester, Virginia


Returned to this beautiful cemetery again today. I don’t have a fancy phone holder so I hooked this to my visor. The view was just too breathtaking not to capture. Also, yes, I know, I need to clean my windshield.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

The grave of author VC Andrews


The grave of author VC Andrews
The transcript is below. A YouTube video with captions is posted in the comments.
hi I'm Sharon with River City Cemetarians and today I am in Portsmouth
Virginia at Olive Branch Cemetery also known as City Park Cemetery I'm at the
grave of Cleo Virginia Andrews better known to many of you as VC Andrews the
popular novelist of Flowers in the Attic published in
1979. Unfortunately Ms. Andrews didn't live a decade after the publication; she
passed away from breast cancer in 1986. Interesting enough, Simon & Schuster
didn't announce the author's death for four years. The estate used a ghostwriter
and they still do today.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Masonic Cemetery in Fredericksburg, VA

Outside of the Masonic Cemetery in Fredericksburg, VA at the grave of Christiana Campbell.
Transcript below (captioned YouTube video posted in comments):
I'm Sharon with River City Cemetarians and today I'm standing outside the
Masonic Cemetery in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I was really
excited about coming out today but with COVID-19, it appears that the
cemetery gates are locked. Fortunately for me I was able to find
the gravestone that I was looking for which is right behind me. You'll see
Christiana Campbell. She became one of the capital's most
prominent tavern keepers and when I say capital, I'm talking about
Williamsburg, Virginia. She specialized in offering what was
described as "genteel accommodations and the very best entertainment." Her
clientele included George Washington and also Thomas Jefferson. Now
when Richmond became the capital in 1780, many of the tavern owners and merchants
moved to the new capital. Ms. Campbell actually decided to stay in Williamsburg
and then eventually retired there. Her tavern,
she passed away in 1792 but her tavern continued
to operate under new hands until 1859 when it did burn down.
Then Colonial Williamsburg Foundation actually reconstructed her tavern
in 1956. so if you've been a tourist
to Colonial Williamsburg, you may have heard of Christiana Campbell
and here is her grave right behind me.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

River City Cemetarians presents: Reading the Dead! Ellen Glasgow


River City Cemetarians presents: Reading the Dead!
A virtual discussion of stories and poetry from those interred in our Richmond-area cemeteries. This is an opportunity for us to dig deeper (pun intended) into the writers and poets who are buried here in Richmond, VA.
We’ll begin our discussion with one of Ellen Glasgow's stories, "The Past" (SAT, MAY 30 AT 11 AM)
Ms. Glasgow is buried in Hollywood Cemetery. With 135 acres, it is a beautiful place to take a walk while remaining physically distant from others.
Please see our EVENTS in Facebook for details.
Stay safe! (P.S. it's impossible for me to say Glasgow without a thick Southern accent! It sounds so right in my head! )
YouTube video has English captions: https://youtu.be/sLJ7zxvXoC8

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Hollywood Cemetery Rose Maintenance Day- rosa moschata (musk rose)

Today was Hollywood Cemetery’s annual Rose Maintenance Day. 

I chatted with lead rosarian Connie Stevens Hilker about the event and the history behind the rosa moschata (musk rose) in the Crenshaw plot.