Old Burying Ground - Beaufort, NC
First cemetery on the adventure is the Old Burying Ground. Of all the cemeteries we've visited across the Eastern U.S., this one seemed to have more stories per square foot.
“Resting ‘neath a foreign ground,
Here stands a sailor of Mad George’s crown
Name unknown, and all alone,
Standing the Rebel’s Ground.” (Brantley)
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery - Norfolk, VA
Following his defeat at the Battle of Great Bridge, Lord Dunmore attacked Norfolk from the sea as he fled Virginia on January 1, 1776. In retaliation, patriots set fire to the homes of loyalists; however, the fire became unmanageable, and nearly the entire town was destroyed by the flames. The church was the only major building in the city to escape substantial damage in the assault, though a cannonball (purportedly fired by the Liverpool) did strike its wall. By the 1830s, the cannonball was no longer embedded in the wall. However, it was discovered buried in the yard of the church, and returned to its original resting place in the 1840s, and remains there today.
Hollywood Cemetery - Richmond, VA
|President John Taylor|
|President James Monroe, protected by his temporary cage|
The famous "Birdcage" is undergoing restoration
One of the most remarkable features of Hollywood Cemetery is the view of the James River. As we were sitting in the river overlook, we watched kayakers riding the rapids beneath us.