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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tangier in Accomack County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gravestones

 
 
Gravestones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 13, 2017
1. Gravestones Marker
Inscription. Many people ask about the gravestones in front yards. While not unique to Tangier Island and seen throughout the Eastern Shore of Virginia, these are more obvious on such a small island. A number of reasons have been given for these burial sites:

The close proximity of burying a loved one allowed the grave to be more easily cared for and visited

Placing a grave close to the home reduced the risk of grave-robbery, a common problem in the 1800's and early 1900's

Animals were less likely to dig up graves when in such locations

Higher ground near a home was less likely to result in a casket being floated to the surface by rising tides

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Cholera victim, 1866 - Kaye, 2008
 
Erected by Tangier History Museum & Interpretive Cultural Center.
 
Location. 37° 49.47′ N, 75° 59.508′ W. Marker is in Tangier, Virginia, in Accomack County. Marker is on Main Ridge Road south of Garman Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tangier VA 23440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peter Crockett Store (a few steps from this marker); The Doctor's House
Gravestones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 13, 2017
2. Gravestones Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); New Testament Congregation (within shouting distance of this marker); Chesapeake House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Patrick Benson House (about 400 feet away); The Peter Dise House (about 400 feet away); First Mobile Home (about 400 feet away); The Connorton House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tangier.
 
Also see . . .  Tangier History Museum & Interpretive Cultural Center. (Submitted on August 14, 2017.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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