Montpelier Station in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Gilmore Family Cemetery
This area contains several graves of the Gilmore family. Most prominent among these are the graves of George and Polly Gilmore who are buried beneath the depressions in front of this sign. These depressions formed when the coffins collapsed and the grave fill settled.
Discovering the Past
When George Gilmore was buried in the family cemetery in 1905, his grave was marked with a field stone; Polly Gilmore's grave has no stone marker, but is marked by a single piece of angle iron. This supports the Gilmore family's oral history which documents that after Polly's death, their graves were marked with one of their prized possessions, the iron headboard of their double bed. Placing cherished items on loved ones' graves was a common practice in the African-American community.
Gilmore Family Tree
George and Polly Gilmore were not the first family members buried in the cemetery. The 1880 census lists the couple as having eight children, five of whom survived to adulthood. Archaeologists have found smaller depressions in the cemetery that probably mark the location of these infant graves. After the sale of the property in 1920, no other burials occurred here, and the Gilmores' adult children were buried elsewhere.
To protect the graves and
Erected 2013 by Montpelier Foundation.
Location. 38° 13.63′ N, 78° 10.828′ W. Marker is in Montpelier Station, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Constitution Highway (Virginia Route 20) and South Montpelier Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11350 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station VA 22957, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dolley Madison (within shouting distance of this marker); Gilmore Farm (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Post-Emancipation (about 400 feet away); Confederate Encampment (about 800 feet away); Montpelier Train Station (approx. ¼ mile away); Montpelier Flag Stop (approx. ¼ mile away); Civil War Encampment (approx. ¼ mile away); Civil War & Gilmore Farm Trail (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montpelier Station.
Categories. • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. This page has been viewed 75 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on May 16, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. 5, 6. submitted on May 13, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.