"Blandford Church & Cemetery" Petersburg Things to Do Tip by b1bob

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      various tombs and monuments fairly near the church
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Blandford Church was built in 1735 as the main centre of worship. The building was abandoned 70 years later when a new church building in downtown Petersburg caused membership to fall off. In 1901, work began to restore the building for use as a Confederate Memorial chapel. As part of the restoration effort, the Ladies Memorial Association asked each Confederate state to help pay for creation and installation of a stained glass window in memory of the Confederate soldiers from that state. The Tiffany studio was commissioned to design the 15 memorial compass windows from 1904-1912. Each of the large windows contains the image of a Saint and symbols associated with the Saint. The four smaller windows were designed to complement the larger ones.

The cemetery next to the Blandford Church has been used as a burial ground since the early eighteenth century. The oldest marked grave dates from 1702. In June 1866, the first Memorial Day was celebrated in honour of the thousands of Confederate soldiers buried on Memorial Hill inside the burial ground. The cemetery's gravestones, sculptures, and tombs show all kinds of styles of art depicting death. If weather permits, they conduct a walking tour of some of the monuments and burial sites nearest the church together with the church tour.

Address: 111 Rochelle Lane, Petersburg, VA 23803
Directions: From Bollingbrook St. & Sycamore St.: Go east on Bollingbrook St., Turn right onto 2d Street- proceed on North Adams St., turn left on E. Wythe St., turn right on South Crater Rd. and left onto Rochelle Ln.
Phone: (804) 733-2396

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 30, 2013
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