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
The Yellow Fever Dedication will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 am at Elmwood Cemetery. It has taken decades for this day to arrive so be sure to take some time to participate in this event. Donna Bluemink has dedicated so much time and effort to ensure that those that died in this epidemic are… Read More Your Invited!
Named after philanthropist and reformer, the Howard Association was formed in Norfolk during the outbreak of yellow fever in 1855. The first chapter was established in Boston in 1812. The objective of the association was simple, “procure, and furnish a hospital to provide for and relieve the sick and bury the dead.” According to Peggy… Read More The Howard Association
As with any epidemic or outbreak, there is an ability to look back and better understand how the events unfolded. The below excerpt was suggested by Donna Bluemink; initially these two excerpts were published on December 9, and December 16, 1937 by Rev. W.H.T. Squires, D.D. for the Ledger Dispatch. Each entry provides a better… Read More Benjamin Franklin arrives in Portsmouth