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Near Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Family Cemetery

 
 
The Family Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
1. The Family Cemetery Marker
Inscription. “Near Cold Harbor stands the house where my father was born, and not far from the house there is a graveyard, surrounded by a brick wall…there sleep the generations of my forefathers. In that enclosure is buried Mr. James Hooper.
Dr. Thomas W. Hooper, 1895

James Hooper died in 1754. Following the Hoopers, the old farmhouse and surrounding fields were home to the Garthrights during the Civil War and the McGhees in later years. Members of both families probably are buried in this cemetery.

After the battles in 1862 and 1864, numerous Union soldiers were interred haphazardly on the property. In 1866, most of their remains were recovered and removed to the military cemetery across the street. It is unknown whether any soldiers are still buried here in the family cemetery.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 35.292′ N, 77° 16.728′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Cold Harbor Road (Virginia Route 156) 0.2 miles east of Boatswain Lane, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. This marker is located just west of the Garthright House. Marker is in this post office area: Mechanicsville VA 23111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
The Family Cemetery at the Garthright House. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 19, 2009
2. The Family Cemetery at the Garthright House.
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Garthright House (within shouting distance of this marker); Cold Harbor: June 2, 1864 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle Opens (about 400 feet away); Cold Harbor Battlefield Walking Trail (about 500 feet away); From Farmland to Forest (about 500 feet away); Pennsylvania Monument (about 500 feet away); Union Reserve Line (about 500 feet away); Eighth N. Y. Heavy Artillery (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. VAGenWeb. Garthright House Cemetery (Submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Cold Harbor Battlefield Park Walking Trail. This marker is one along the walking trail around a portion of the Cold Harbor Battlefield preserved by Hanover County Parks and Recreation. (Submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
The Garthright House and Family Cemetery Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 19, 2009
3. The Garthright House and Family Cemetery
Garthright House Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 15, 2009
4. Garthright House
 
 
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