Sunday, December 3, 2006

A Trip To Petersburg VA

Yesterday Dean and I visited BLANDFORD CEMETERY in Petersburg Virginia
All the photos below were taken by me. I spent about an hour walking around and was somewhat overwhelmed at the number of graves. I know this is suppose to be a happy time of year, and Halloween might have been better to visit graveyards, but I wanted to share the following information and my photos. I hope you emjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them

(The following information came from the Internet)

The cemetery adjacent to Blandford Church has been used as a burial ground since the early eighteenth century. The oldest marked grave dates from 1702. Among the more noted individuals buried within the cemetery is one foreigner, Major General William Phillips, British citizen and commander of the British troops during the April 25, 1781 "Battle of Petersburg." Phillips died on May 13, 1781 in Petersburg following a fever that was most likely malaria or typhus. A memorial stone, erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1914, stands adjacent to Blandford Church, marking the general location of Phillips' secret burial, done at the direction of his deputy commander, Brigadier General Benedict Arnold. For more information on Petersburg's Revolutionary War history, follow the link on the left.

In June 1866, the first Memorial Day was celebrated in honor of the 30,000 Confederate soldiers buried on Memorial Hill inside the burial ground. For more information about Petersburg's Civil War history follow the link on the left.

The cemetery's gravestones, sculptures, and tombs represent a diverse array of eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century styles of funerary art. In addition, some plots feature exquisite examples of nineteenth century decorative iron fences. A walking tour, highlighting some of the monuments and burial sites in close vicinity of the Church is incorporated into the Church tour, weather permitting. More extensive cemetery tours are offered throughout the year, including a Halloween evening tour on October 31. Check the Calendar for additional information.

Begin your tour of Historic Blandford Church and Cemetery at the Blandford Visitors' Reception Center, 111 Rochelle Lane, Petersburg, VA 23803, (804) 733-2396. The reception center features a display of artifacts associated with the history of the Cemetery and Church as well as a gift shop.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Nancy said...

This was beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to post such an interesting post.

December 4, 2006 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Sounds like you have been busy! Happy Anniversary!

I love graveyards. They are so cool and so peaceful.

December 4, 2006 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger peppylady said...

I've never done a slide show been thinking of doing one recently.

Pretty cool slide show.

December 4, 2006 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Ligeia said...

Wow! I fell off my chair when I opened your blog this morning!
What great colors and cute new template!
The cemetary story is interesting...I have an opinion on cemetaries that I will save for my blog.
Are you using Blog Beta? I'm thinking of switching. How did you get the slideshow to work?
Peace.

December 5, 2006 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Autumn said...

I do like the beta blogger but it is taking me awhile to figure it out. Not many people are making templets for it yet. I like this new one but it doesn't show my catelgories so people can click on them and view separate. Hopefully as beta catches on more will be out there to use. As for the slide show the program I found is easy. All you do is add the photos and it gives you the code. Click on mine and it will take you there.
It is slide.com

December 5, 2006 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

Hello ... I saw your comment about lard on my blog ... you need to grab some lard from the store (even with preservatives, it's better than crisco) and have some real fried chicken!

I love your slide show .. I might try that .. and I am going to put your blog on my links, if you don't mind ... I like your place.

I have teh beta blog, too but haven't done much with it. Someday I will play with it!!

Blessings!

December 6, 2006 at 9:22 AM  

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