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ACCESS TO CEMETERIES LOCATED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
VIRGINIA CODE 57-27.1

Virginia law requires that landowners allow access to cemeteries on private property for the purpose of visitation by family members/descendants or plot owners, and for genealogical research. You must give reasonable notice and abide by any restrictions the landowner may place upon frequency, hours, and duration of access. This does not provide a right to drive on the property to get to the cemetery unless there is a road or adequate right-of-way that permits access.



LINKS TO HISTORIC CEMETERY RESOURCES

THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HISTORIC RESOURCES
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The Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR) is the State Historic Preservation Office. Their mission is to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of Virginia's significant historic architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources. All requests for listing on the National Register must go through this office. You can find more information at the following links.

VDHR administers two programs designed to recognize our historic resources and to encourage their continued preservation: the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. For more information follow this link:
Register Information-Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

The VDHR Blog provides resources relating to Virginia's historic cemeteries, including information on workshops, cemetery preservation, and other resources. To find out more, click on the link below.
VDHR Historic Cemetery Blog

Also, the VDHR provides cemetery preservation information at the following link.
VDHR Cemetery Preservation Page



THE ASSOCIATION FOR GRAVESTONE STUDIES

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HIGH ON A WINDY HILL
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Cemeteries of Washington County, Virginia
by Catherine McConnell

333 cemeteries, with surname index; 426 pages, 1968.

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY
INDEX OF DIGITAL IMAGES OF GRAVESTONES

Gravestones
The Historical Society has over 20,000 digitized photographs of individual gravestones in Washington County, Virginia. You can search the index by clicking on the following link:

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Or, if you would like to browse the gravestone image index, you can view the entire index formatted as a PDF document by clicking below:

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To order an image, first identify the associated Picture ID Number for the picture you want and then follow the ordering instructions detailed on the Library page at this link:

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MAP AND DETAILS OF SOME CEMETERIES OF INTEREST
IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA





BETHEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CEMETERY
BETHEL ROAD, WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA

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When traveling either northbound or southbound on Interstate 81 in Virginia, exit at Exit 19 (Abingdon, Rt. 11). If exiting from the northbound side, turn right (south) at the end of the exit ramp onto U.S. Route 11 North. If exiting from the southbound side, turn left (south) at the end of the exit ramp onto U.S. Route 11 North. Travel 0.4 mi miles on U.S. Route 11 North and then bear slightly to the right using the right two lanes onto U.S. Route 58 East. Travel 3.5 miles to the intersection with Route 708, Bethel Road. Turn right onto Bethel Road for 0.6 miles, following the road around a sharp curve. Bethel Presbyterian Church will be on your left and the cemetery is behind the church. It is a large maintained, un-fenced cemetery.







BLACKWELL CHAPEL CEMETERY, RICH VALLEY ROAD, WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA

Blackwell Chapel Cemetery
When traveling either northbound or southbound on Interstate 81 in Virginia, exit at Exit 24 (Meadowview, Rt. 80). If exiting from the northbound side, turn left at the end of the exit ramp onto Glenbrook Ave (Rt. 80). If exiting from the southbound side, turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Glenbrook Ave (Rt. 80). Travel 0.25 miles to the end of Glenbrook Ave. and turn left, following Rt. 80 West. Go about 0.2 miles and take a right onto Lindell Road, still following Rt. 80. Travel 4.8 miles on Rt. 80 and turn right onto Rt. 700, Rich Valley Road. Drive 3.1 miles East on Rt. 700 to the intersection with County Road 746, Blackwell Chapel Road, on your right. DO NOT turn onto Blackwell Chapel Road. Instead proceed about 100 yards (east) on Rt. 700 past the intersection and take the first right up a private drive. It will be a sharp right up a paved curving driveway marked only by a mailbox. Continue beyond the house on the right to the fenced cemetery on the hill. The cemetery is maintained.






BUCK CEMETERY, BRYSON COVE ROAD, WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA

buck_cemetery1.jpg buck_cemetery2.jpg The Buck Cemetery is a small cemetery at the intersection of Bryson Cove Road and Brumley Gap Road. It is not fenced, but is maintained and is easily accessible from the roadside. The cemetery can be seen on the left side of the road as your travel east on Brumley Gap Road. To visit the cemetery, proceed on Interstate 81 in Virginia to Exit 14 (Old Jonesboro Road, Abingdon, Virginia). At the exit turn North on Old Jonesboro Road (Rt. 140) for 0.4 of a mile to the intersection with Lee Highway (Rt. 11). Turn right onto Rt. 11 and proceed for 0.9 of a mile. Turn left onto U.S. Rt. 19 North and proceed for approximately 8 miles. Turn right onto Brumley Gap Road (Rt. 689) for about 4 miles to the intersection of Bryson Cove Road and Brumley Gap Road. The cemetery will be at the roadside on your left.






CAMPBELL-DENTON CEMETERY (Formerly the Trigg-Denton Cemetery)
DRAKE ROAD, WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA

Campbell-Denton Cemetery
When traveling either northbound or southbound on Interstate 81 in Virginia, exit at Exit 17 (Abingdon, Rt. 75). If exiting from the northbound side, turn right (south) at the end of the exit ramp onto Green Spring Road (Rt. 75). If exiting from the southbound side, turn left (south) at the end of the exit ramp onto Green Spring Road (Rt. 75). Travel 5.5 miles to the intersection with Green Springs Church Road (Rt. 670) and turn left, following Rt. 670 south. Continue on Rt. 670 for the next 3.3 miles. (At 1.7 miles, you will cross South Holston Lake on the Avens Bridge and the road name will change from Green Springs Church Road to Denton Valley Road.) At the end of 3.3 miles, stay on Denton Valley Road by bearing to the left onto Rt. 674 (Rt. 670 will fork to the right). Travel 1.1 miles on Rt. 674 and then turn right onto Drake Road (Rt. 759). Stay on Drake Road for 0.3 miles. You will see the Campbell-Denton Cemetery sign on your right. The dirt road to the cemetery is chained and locked, but you can pull off Drake Road and park in front of the chain. To reach the cemetery you will have to walk uphill on the road about 200 yards to another chained, but unlocked, gate at the entrance to the cemetery. It is a small fenced and maintained cemetery at the edge of the woods on a grassy hill.





EMORY AND HENRY CEMETERY, EMORY, VIRGINIA

Emory and Henry Cemetery The Holston Conference/Emory and Henry Cemetery was established in the mid-1800s by the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. The cemetery is for Holston Conference ministers and their families, Emory and Henry employees and members of the immediate Emory community. In addition to many ministers, former college presidents and professors, the cemetery also has the graves of more than 200 Confederate soldiers.

From Interstate 81 in Virginia, take Exit 26, Emory, Virginia onto County Rd. 737 heading North toward Emory. Proceed on 737 under the railroad underpass for about 0.9 of a mile. Turn left on Elm St. and, then after a few hundred feet, turn right onto Cambridge Ave. The cemetery is at the top of the hill. The cemetery is maintained.




GLADE SPRING PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CEMETERY, GLADE SPRING, VIRGINIA

Old Glade Cemetery Glade Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery is also known as the Old Glade Cemetery. Brig. Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones, C.S.A., who was killed at the Battle of Piedmont on June 5, 1864 is buried here, as are some of the earlier settlers in this area of the county.

From Interstate 81 in Virginia, take Exit 29, Glade Spring, Virginia. From the exit, turn South onto Virginia Route 91 for 0.2 miles. Turn right at the stoplight onto U.S. Route 11 South for 0.4 miles. The cemetery will be on your left beside the Glade Spring Presbyterian Church. The cemetery is maintained.





JACKSON-LEWIS CEMETERY (FORMERLY THE TAYLOR VALLEY CEMETERY), TAYLOR VALLEY, VIRGINIA

lewis_cemetery1.jpg lewis_cemetery2.jpg When traveling either northbound or southbound on Interstate 81 in Virginia, exit at Exit 19 (Abingdon, Rt. 11). If exiting from the northbound side, turn right (south) at the end of the exit ramp onto U.S. Route 11 North. If exiting from the southbound side, turn left (south) at the end of the exit ramp onto U.S. Route 11 North. Travel 0.4 mi miles on U.S. Route 11 North and then bear slightly to the right using the right two lanes onto U.S. Route 58 East. Travel 10.4 miles and turn right onto Rt. 91 South, Douglas Drive in Damascus, Virginia. After 1 mile, take a slight right to stay on Rt. 91 South, Mountain City Road. (Note that you will be crossing over into Tenneessee and then back into Virginia.) Proceed 2.3 miles and turn left onto Taylor Valley Road. Travel 2.7 miles on Taylor Valley Road. At the end of 2.7 miles, you will cross a bridge. The Jackson-Lewis Cemetery (formerly the Taylor Valley Cemetery) will be on the hill directly in front of you. You can turn right onto Taylor Valley Road and proceed 0.4 miles to access the cemetery from your left. (Also, note that you may be able to turn left after crossing the bridge onto Waccamaw Lane to access the cemetery from your right.) This is a fairly large unfenced cemetery that is maintained.





JAMES CEMETERY, WIDENER VALLEY ROAD, WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA

James Cemetery The James Cemetery on Widener Valley Road is a small fenced in plot approximately 100 feet by 100 feet on a rise in the middle of a pasture. There is no direct access by car. You will have to walk almost a half mile from a church parking lot, down a lane and across the pasture to reach the cemetery.

From Interstate 81 in Virginia, take Exit 29, Glade Spring, Virginia. From the exit, turn South onto Virginia Route 91 for about 4 miles. At the intersection of Route 91 and Route 731 (Bucks Bridge Road), turn left (South) onto Route 731 for about 2 1/2 miles. At the intersection of Route 731 and Route 605 (Widener Valley Road), turn left onto Route 605 for about 5 miles until you reach the Lebanon Methodist Church on the left. Park in the church parking lot. Looking South across the road you will see a small brick house beside a lane. Walk down the lane and then across the pasture to reach the cemetery. The cemetery is maintained.



KESTNER-REYNOLDS CEMETERY, SWISS LANE, WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA

Kestner-Reynolds Cemetery The Kestner-Reynolds Cemetery just off Swiss Lane in Washington County is a good example of a cemetery "high on a windy hill". It is a small maintained fenced in plot that opens on a wide vista of the valley below. To visit the cemetery, proceed on Interstate 81 in Virginia to Exit 14 (Old Jonesboro Road, Abingdon, Virginia). At the exit turn North on Old Jonesboro Road (Rt. 140) for 0.4 of a mile to the intersection with Lee Highway (Rt. 11). Turn right onto Rt. 11 and proceed for 0.9 of a mile. Turn left onto U.S. Rt. 19 North and proceed for 10 miles. Turn right onto Hidden Valley Road (Rt. 690) for 0.7 of a mile. Turn left onto Swiss Lane for 0.3 of a mile. The cemetery will be on your left about 150 feet up a wooded dirt (tire track) access road. Depending on conditions, you may have to walk up the hill to the cemetery.



MCCULLOCH-MALLICOTE CEMETERY, HILLANDALE ROAD, WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA

mcculloch_mallicote1.jpg mcculloch_mallicote2.jpg The McCulloch-Mallicote Cemetery is a hilltop cemetery near the intersection of Northridge Road and Hillandale Road. When traveling either northbound or southbound on Interstate 81 in Virginia, exit at Exit 22 (Enterprise Road, Rt. 704). If exiting from the northbound side, turn left (north) at the end of the exit ramp onto Rt. 704. If exiting from the southbound side, turn right (north) at the end of the exit ramp onto Rt. 704. Travel 0.4 mi miles to the intersection of Rt. 704 and Hillman Highway (Rt. 609). Turn right (northeast) onto Rt. 609 and travel 1.1 miles to the intersection of Rt. 609 and Northridge Road (Rt. 694). Turn left onto Rt. 694 and proceed for 1.7 miles to the intersection of Rt. 694 and Old Saltworks Road (Rt. 740). Turn right onto Old Saltworks Road and almost immediately (about 500 feet) turn left back onto Northridge Road (Rt. 694). Continue on Rt. 694 for just under a mile (0.9 miles) where you will reach the intersection of Rt. 694 and Hillandale Road (Rt. 779). At this point, you can see the McCulloch-Mallicote Cemetery on the top of a hill to the northwest of the intersection. You can park at the barn and will have to walk up the hill to reach the cemetery. It is not maintained but it is fenced with a gate.



MENDOTA CEMETERY, MENDOTA, VIRGINIA

Mendota Cemetery The Mendota name is derived from a Native American Indian name that means, "a bend in the river." According to several sources, the cemetery was established in the early 1800's. However, a tombstone inscription for Vinson L. Simpson reads: "He was the first one to be laid in this cemetery, having made his own selection while in perfect health." Died: 5 Oct 1880. The next oldest tombstone is that of Sarah Lewis Died: 22 Aug 1881, followed by Elizabeth Myers Stickley, 1815 - 1884.

From Interstate 81, Virginia, take Exit 1 onto Route 58/421N, drive North and turn onto Route 615 (Federal Road); at the forked intersection bear to the right; continue to Mendota. After crossing the bridge over the North Fork of the Holston River, turn left onto Route 614 (Swinging Bridge Road). At the first stop sign, make a right onto Route 802 (Mendota Road). The Mendota Cemetery is on the left just before the Mendota Post Office and on the hill behind the United Methodist Church. The Cemetery is maintained.




MOCK CEMETERY, CEMETERY ROAD, DAMASCUS, VIRGINIA

mock_cemetery1.jpg mock_cemetery2.jpg When traveling either northbound or southbound on Interstate 81 in Virginia, exit at Exit 19 (Abingdon, Rt. 11). If exiting from the northbound side, turn right (south) at the end of the exit ramp onto U.S. Route 11 North. If exiting from the southbound side, turn left (south) at the end of the exit ramp onto U.S. Route 11 North. Travel 0.4 mi miles on U.S. Route 11 North and then bear slightly to the right using the right two lanes onto U.S. Route 58 East. Travel 10.4 miles and turn left onto Rt. 91 North, Damascus Drive. Proceed 0.2 miles and turn right onto Cemetery Road. Travel 0.2 miles on Cemetery Road. The Mock Cemetery will be on both the left and the right of the road. This is a fairly large unfenced cemetery that is maintained. Many of the founders of Damascus are buried here.





NEAL CEMETERY, TAYLOR HOLLOW, WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA

Neal Cemetery The Neal Cemetery is typical of the hundreds of small unmaintained cemeteries in Washington County. Many of these cemeteries have already been lost forever and many more are being threatened by neglect, encroaching nature, damage from livestock, and even deliberate destruction. If you know of any small undocumented cemeteries in the County, please contact the Society so we can follow up and record the sites.

To reach the Neal Cemetery, proceed on Interstate 81 in Virginia to Exit 1 (Gate City Highway, Routes 58/421). Travel north on 58/421 for 6.7 miles. Turn right (north) onto County Road 618 (Grindstone Branch Road) and travel north for 2.7 miles. Rt. 618 will dead end into County Road 617 (Cove Creek Road). Turn left (west) onto 617 for one half mile. On your left you will see a lane with a locked gate leading past a gas well. Do not park in the lane or block the gate. As you look south down the lane, the Neal Cemetery well be on a level area up the the steep hillside to your right. You can access the cemetery by climbing up the hillside or you can walk down the lane until you reach a barely visible path on your right which leads up to the cemetery. There are only two marked graves of children in the cemetery. The cemetery is in a wooded area and is not maintained.



ROCK SPRING CHURCH CEMETERY, ROCK SPRING ROAD, WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA

rock_spring_church_cemetery1.jpg rock_spring_church_cemetery2.jpg The Rock Spring Church Cemetery is fairly large church cemetery at the intersection of Liberty Hall Drive and Rock Spring Road (County Road 803). The back and sides of the cemetery are fenced leaving the front (roadside) open and easily accessible from the road. To reach the cemetery, travel either northbound or southbound on Interstate 81 in Virginia and exit at Exit 29 (Damascus/Glade Spring, Rt. 91). If exiting from the northbound side, turn right (south) at the end of the exit ramp onto Rt. 91 South. If exiting from the southbound side, turn left (south) at the end of the exit ramp onto Rt. 91 South. Travel 4.4 miles on Rt. 91 South to the intersection with Liberty Hall Drive. Turn right onto Liberty Hall Drive and proceed 0.4 miles to the "Y" intersection with Rock Spring Road (County Road 803). At the intersection, Rock Spring Church will be to your left (southwest) and the cemetery will be to your right (northwest). The cemetery is maintained by the church.




ROE CEMETERY, WINDY HILL ROAD, WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA

roe_cemetery1.jpg roe_cemetery2.jpg When traveling either northbound or southbound on Interstate 81 in Virginia, exit at Exit 19 (Abingdon, Rt. 11). If exiting from the northbound side, turn right (south) at the end of the exit ramp onto U.S. Route 11 North. If exiting from the southbound side, turn left (south) at the end of the exit ramp onto U.S. Route 11 North. Travel 0.4 mi miles on U.S. Route 11 North and then bear slightly to the right using the right two lanes onto U.S. Route 58 East. Travel 8.6 miles and turn left onto Vails Mill Rd. Proceed across the bridge and immediately turn left onto Cornett Road. Travel 0.9 miles and turn left onto the gravel Windy Hill Road. Roe Cemetery will be on your left in 0.1 miles. The cemetery is fenced and appears to be periodically mown. A slave cemetery is said to be outside the main cemetery fence.





SCOTT CEMETERY, BOBWHITE ROAD, WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA

scott_cemetery1.jpg scott_cemetery2.jpg The Scott Cemetery is a small family cemetery on Bobwhite Road. The cemetery is fenced and not especially overgrown, but it doesn't appear to be regularly maintained. To reach the cemetery, travel either northbound or southbound on Interstate 81 in Virginia and exit at Exit 29 (Damascus/Glade Spring, Rt. 91). If exiting from the northbound side, turn left (north) at the end of the exit ramp onto Rt. 91 North (Maple Street). If exiting from the southbound side, turn right (north) at the end of the exit ramp onto Rt. 91 North (Maple Street). Travel about 1/2 mile on Rt. 91 North to the intersection of Maple Street and S Monte Vista Drive. Continue on Rt. 91 North by turning right onto S Monte Vista Drive. Then stay on Rt. 91 North for 6.9 miles to the intersection with Old Saltworks Road/Salt Trail (Rt. 745). Turn left onto Old Saltworks Road/Salt Trail and proceed for 1.6 miles to the intersection with Rich Valley Road (Rt. 700). Turn right onto Rt. 700 and go for 2.6 miles to the intersection with Bobwhite Road. Turn right onto Bobwhite Road and immediately (within a few feet) bear to the right onto an unpaved two rut lane. In about 500 feet, you will go around a hairpin turn and the cemetery will be on your left.



SINKING SPRING CEMETERY, ABINGDON, VIRGINIA

Sinking Spring Cemetery Sinking Spring Cemetery was established as the burial ground for members of the Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, which was organized in 1773. These early settlers purchased 55 acres for a nominal sum from Dr. Thomas Walker, an explorer and wealthy land speculator who was promoting the development of the town of Abingdon. The members of the congregation, led by Rev. Charles Cummings, built their log church house and laid out the cemetery on 11 acres. Later they sold off the remaining 44 acres.

From Interstate 81 in Virginia, take Exit 17, Abingdon, Virginia. Turn North off the exit onto Cummings St. After 0.8 miles, turn left onto W. Main Street for 0.2 miles. Turn right onto Russell Rd. NW for a few hundred feet. The Cemetery is maintained.



TEETER CEMETERY, CLEAR CREEK LAKE, WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA

Teeter Cemetery The Teeter Cemetery is another example of the hundreds of small cemeteries in Washington County. As is the case of many such cemeteries, over the years, the adjacent properties have been developed until the cemetery is an small island unto itself, far removed from the purpose and character of its surroundings. In this case, the Teeter Cemetery is encircled by a wooden two rail fence on a wooded knoll just off a golf course fairway.

To reach the Teeter Cemetery, proceed on Interstate 81 in Virginia to Exit 7. As you get off the exit, turn North onto Old Airport Road for 0.1 of a mile. Go straight across the intersection with Route 11 (traffic light) and continue North on Clear Creek Road (Route 659) for 1.3 miles. Clear Creek Road will merge and become Wallace Pike (Route 645). Stay on Wallace Pike for 1.2 miles to the intersection with Route 625, Harleywood Road. You will see Clear Creek Golf Course on your left. Turn left onto Harleywood Road and proceed for about 0.4 of a mile to the main entrance of the golf course. Park at the left rear of the parking lot and you can see Teeter Cemetery on a knoll just across the driving range. The cemetery is maintained.



WORLEY CEMETERY, RIVERBEND DRIVE, WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA

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The Worley Cemetery is the inspiration for the title of Catherine McConnell's seminal book, "High on a Windy Hill: Cemeteries of Washington County, Virginia". On a beautiful day, with a swinging bridge crossing and a walk through the fields, a visit to the Worley cemetery can indeed be inspiring.

It should be noted that the following driving directions will take you on Route 80 which at places is a very curvy road. When traveling either northbound or southbound on Interstate 81 in Virginia, exit at Exit 24 (Meadowview, Rt. 80). If exiting from the northbound side, turn left at the end of the exit ramp onto Glenbrook Ave (Rt. 80). If exiting from the southbound side, turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Glenbrook Ave (Rt. 80). Travel 0.25 miles to the end of Glenbrook Ave. and turn left, following Rt. 80 West. Go about 0.2 miles and take a right onto Lindell Road, still following Rt. 80. Travel 7.0 miles on Rt. 80 to the intersection with N Fork River Road (Rt. 611). [This intersection will be about 0.4 miles after you cross the North Fork Holston River bridge.] Turn right on Rt. 611 and proceed 3.2 miles to the intersection with Riverbend Road (Rt. 874). Turn right on Riverbend Road and go 0.3 miles to the end of the road. The road dead ends at the river and you will need to park and walk across the river on a swinging bridge. Once you cross the bridge, you will be able to see the cemetery on a hill that is slightly to your left. It will be to the left of two houses and a barn. You will need to walk about a quarter mile across a field to reach the hill. The cemetery is fenced and maintained.