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122-0116 Elmwood Cemetery

Elmwood Cemetery
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NRHP Listing Date 08/27/2013

NPS property number 13000643

Elmwood Cemetery, a 50-acre municipal cemetery was established in Norfolk County (now the City of Norfolk) in 1853. It contains the remains of more than 400 Confederate and Union Civil War veterans. Displaying an abundance of Victorian-era funerary art, Elmwood was also the burial ground for victims of a yellow fever epidemic that swept through Hampton Roads in 1855, when it is estimated that Norfolk and Portsmouth witnessed more than four thousand deaths from the disease. The epidemic resulted in more than 100 people being interred in individual family plots at Elmwood Cemetery, and many victims being buried in unmarked mass graves, after the supply of coffins ran short in Norfolk. The cemetery contains the graves of many city, state, and nationally noted figures.


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

Updated April 4, 2018