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Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cedar Grove Cemetery

 
 
Cedar Grove Cemetery Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, July 1, 2018
1. Cedar Grove Cemetery Marker.
Inscription. Cedar Grove was Norfolk’s first public cemetery, established in January 1825 after a Borough ordinance aimed at curbing yellow fever decreed that the “burying of the dead in lots lying on public and populous streets is ... injurious to the health of its citizens.” In 1826, 20 acres south of Potters Field were set aside for a new Burying Ground, laid out according to a plan by Thomas Williamson. Williamson’s design included a pavilion in the center of the cemetery, though there is no evidence that this was ever built.

Ornamentation in Cedar Grove is simple but poignant – flowers with broken stems, weeping willows, hands holding crowns or pointing to heaven, children in the arms of angels. Many were carved by Scotsman Robert Dalrymple, who died of yellow fever in 1855 and is buried in nearby Elmwood Cemetery. The beehive-style tombs are of special interest. Because they extend deep into the ground, they deceive the eye. When the Addington tomb was opened for repairs in 1993, the remains of 18 family members were found inside.
 
Erected by City of Norfolk.
 
Location. 36° 51.544′ N, 76° 16.882′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is on East Princess Anne Road west of Smith Street
Cedar Grove Cemetery marker, looking west along E. Princess Anne Road. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, July 1, 2018
2. Cedar Grove Cemetery marker, looking west along E. Princess Anne Road.
, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 238 E Princess Anne Rd, Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elmwood Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Elmwood Cemetery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); West Point Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named West Point Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); West Point Monument at Elmwood Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); West Point Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Plummer Bernard Young Sr. (1884-1962) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Tar (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
 
Also see . . .  Cedar Grove Cemetery - City of Norfolk, Virginia - Official Website. (Submitted on July 5, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Cedar Grove Cemetery marker, looking east along E. Princess Anne Road. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, July 1, 2018
3. Cedar Grove Cemetery marker, looking east along E. Princess Anne Road.
Cedar Grove Cemetery entrance and sign. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, July 1, 2018
4. Cedar Grove Cemetery entrance and sign.
Exhibit A: Detail of the burying ground image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, July 1, 2018
5. Exhibit A: Detail of the burying ground
Exhibit B: Detail of other illustrations on the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, July 1, 2018
6. Exhibit B: Detail of other illustrations on the marker.
The caption under the photo reads: “J.C. Addington family vault. ca.1835, restored 1993. “Beehive” Vault.” Note the advertisement: R. Dalrymple. Stone and Marble Cutter. E. Widewater Street, Norfolk, VA. Marble and Granite work of every description executed to order. Its caption reads: “Robert Dalrymple ad in the 1851-52 city directory.”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 5, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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