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Lake of the Woods in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Apperson Family and Lake of the Woods

 
 
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By Pete Payette, May 1, 2017
1. The Apperson Family and Lake of the Woods Marker
Inscription.  Alfred Apperson was born in 1806. He married Malinda Jones in 1816 and managed a plantation until he had saved enough money to purchase 120 acres of farm land in 1846. That land would become part of Lake of the Woods 120 years later. Alfred and Malinda (left) had three sons and three daughters.

When the Civil War began, Eli was too young to join the army. His older brothers did, with Charles Cincinatus becoming a sergeant in Co. C, 7th Virginia Infantry, and John Samuel appointed Hospital Steward in the 4th Virginia Infantry in the Stonewall Brigade. After the war, neither brother returned to Orange County to live.

Eli remained and later purchased other land adjacent to his father's. He left everything to his first-born twin sons, Alonzo and Alphonzo. They passed the land to their respective sons Clarence and William Ray. In 1966, the two Apperson cousins sold their land to the Virginia Wildlife Clubs, Inc. for the creation of Lake of the Woods.

1 William Ray Apperson's house was built in 1929 to replace one that had burned on the same hillside. In 1972, its interior was gutted by another fire. Today, it
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is known as the White House, located at 3205 Lakeview Parkway.

2 The house in which Clarence Apperson lived still stands. Its original portion was built around 1800 near Flat Run and is the oldest house in Lake of the Woods. Additions through the years expanded it to more than 1840 square feet. In 1974, the house was moved a hundred yards to 402 Harrison Circle.

3 The Apperson Cemetery is located on a parcel between 2606 and 2608 Lakeview Pkwy. Malinda was buried there on November 8, 1872, and Alfred was buried there on November 8, 1880. Fieldstones mark two other unknown graves. Alfred and Malinda's house stood where Lakeview Parkway now runs in front of the cemetery.

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Erected 2016 by Apperson family descendants, Civil War Study Group, Inc., and Wilderness 'Tiques Chapter of The Questers.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 19.356′ N, 77° 46.476′ W. Marker is in Lake of the Woods, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is on Edgemont Circle north of Lakeview Parkway, on the right when traveling south. Located at Edgemont Beach. Located
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3. Apperson Cemetery
in Lake of the Woods subdivision, a private gated community where visitors must register upon entering. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 126 Edgemont Circle, Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Gordon Proposes a Flank Attack (approx. half a mile away); From Wilderness Run To Flat Run (approx. half a mile away); Dedicated To The Fallen (approx. half a mile away); Wilderness Battlefield Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Fighting on the Evening of May 5, 1864 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gordon's Flank Attack (approx. 0.6 miles away); Morning of May 6 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gordon's Attack Falters (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake of the Woods.
 
More about this marker. If one wishes to view the cemetery site itself, it is recommended to park here at the beach and walk down Edgemont Circle to Lakeview Parkway, as there is no parking available on Lakeview Parkway adjacent to the cemetery site.
 
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By Pete Payette, May 1, 2017
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 8, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 8, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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