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046-5049 Col. Josiah Parker Family Cemetery

Col. Josiah Parker Family Cemetery
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VLR Listing Date 12/04/2002

NRHP Listing Date 04/27/2004

NPS property number 04000381

Col. Josiah Parker Family Cemetery is located south of the village of Rescue at “Maccelsfield” in a wooded area overlooking Ballard’s Creek. The cemetery is the only known reminder of Col. Josiah Parker, who is buried here. Of extraordinary distinction, he was recognized for his service during the Revolutionary War at the battles of Trenton, Princeton, and Brandywine. Parker was the first U.S. congressman to decry the practice of slavery, and, as Chairman of Naval Affairs in the House of Representatives, he was key in establishing the U.S. Navy. Parker was born in 1751 and raised at his family homestead “Maccelsfield,” where he died in 1810.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated August 19, 2019