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065-0066 Custis Tombs

Custis Tombs
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VLR Listing Date 11/05/1968

NRHP Listing Date 04/17/1970

NPS property number 70000815

The monument marking the grave of John Custis IV is one of Virginia’s most ambitious examples of colonial funerary art. The elaborately carved pyramidal topped marble block is decorated with the Custis family coat of arms, a drapery framed inscription, and a human skull motif. It was executed around 1750 by William Colley of Fenn Church Street, London whose name and address is on the tomb. Also in the cemetery is the limestone slab of John Custis (1630 1696). The tombs are located near the site of Arlington, the Custis family seat. John Custis IV’s great grandson George Washington Parke Custis named his Fairfax County plantation, now Arlington National Cemetery, after his Eastern Shore ancestral home. The cemetery is maintained by the Northampton County Branch of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.


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

Updated April 4, 2018