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"Christ Church Cemetery - Old Town" Top 5 Page for this destination Alexandria Off The Beaten Path Tip by Ewingjr98

Alexandria Off The Beaten Path: 66 reviews and 218 photos

Surrounding Christ Church in Old Town is a cemetery with burials dating back as early as 1766. This seemingly small cemetery is said to have about 1000 graves, about half from before the year 1800. It is amazing to think that so many could be buried in this half acre plot! In 1809 the city passed an ordinance banning burials in the city limits, and after that time, just two additional people were buried here, the last in 1841, until after the Civil War when numerous prisoners were buried in a mass grave under a mound. During the Civil War, all of the tombstones were removed and stacked along the walls to make room for a Union camp.

The city's archeologists excavated parts of the cemetery in the mid 1980s and discovered many unique items about the cemetery. They found that none of the headstones in the cemetery lined up with even a single grave, so the buried remains can not be identified at all. Furthermore, none of the graves were dug in rows as expected with modern cemeteries.

Some of the more famous people interred here are local politicians interred here include Thomson F. Mason and James M. Mason, both grandsons of George Mason. Also, Alexandria's first Lord Mayor William Ramsey and Col. Philip Marsteller, one of George Washington's pallbearers are buried here.


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  • Updated Apr 1, 2009
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