Recently, a friend of mine shared that her beloved dog, Iris, had just died. After suffering through an illness, she was euthanized. It was her description of how she was feeling when she shared her loss with me were emotions that I too have felt and her words of loss, heartache, love and grief gripped… Read More Grief
Welcome! Today we begin a new monthly provided by one of NSCCs notable sleuths: Cindy Meier. One of her many strengths is her undying curiosity and willingness to share what she digs up! On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, she will bring to ‘life’ those that she finds buried in Norfolk’s cemeteries and on… Read More Notable Nook: Hugh Blair Grigsby
Previous blogs stated that I love funerary art and architecture. There are days in which I cannot disseminate, which I prefer more: looking at funerary art and architecture or reading about it. My current mood involves reading so that I can see with clarity. Or at the very least, work to understand the how and why people commission… Read More Reading Death
Spring is here! The harsh Virginia winter is over and now the birds are up with the sign signing and the flowers and trees can continue to bloom, hopefully the fear of snow and ice is gone. The annual NSCC Cemeteriescape 2017 is open with the deadline just around the corner (April 17). I love… Read More Spring is here!
Written by Cheryl Copper Cedar Grove was Norfolk’s first municipal cemetery, established about a mile from town, on land purchased in 1799. It took a generation to officially open with tree-lined shell roads in 1825–right around the time the beloved Revolutionary hero Marquis de Lafayette was wrapping up a triumphant tour to see his old… Read More Man claims – on Cedar Grove Gravestone in Norfolk – to have been Lafayette’s secretary
John H. Core and Martha Tarrant Core’s Mausoleum – by Cheryl Copper To say that John and Martha Core rolled over in their graves would be an understatement. She was evicted from her coffin in 2007 by vandals looking for valuables in their Greek-temple of a mausoleum in Elmwood Cemetery in Norfolk. Her skeleton was… Read More Broken Portal to the Past
White Bronze Markers of Norfolk’s African American Cemeteries – Nadia Orton A tour of Norfolk’s historical African American cemeteries is a veritable walk through history. Cemeteries offer an important, tangible connection to history allowing closer interpretation of days past than most other sources can. Many historic cemeteries are notable for their funerary art, but a… Read More Profiles in Zinc
In my previous post, I shared some of the work that had been completed in 2014. One of the many tasks in which the NSCC and volunteers spent hundreds of hours working on involves stonework. Not only are stones repaired, but also much time and effort is spent in an effort to identify and verify… Read More Finding Edward Legay Young
If you follow the NSCC on Facebook, one thing that stands out is all of the great work that the volunteers complete each workday. Their commitment is outstanding and their effort is so appreciated – but it can be difficult to determine what exactly they have been repairing or restoring. Additionally, the NSCC is in… Read More How Does Volunteering Help?
Cemeteries are a great wealth of genealogical and community history. All too often, cemeteries, especially African-American cemeteries have fallen into neglect, disrepair and can often disappear due to a number of reasons. Recently I had the great fortune to meet our guest blogger, Nadia Orton. She has written several articles involving cemeteries and the search for her families… Read More Soldier for Christ and Community Rev. Israel LaFayette Butt