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The Presbyterian Cemetery

Discover the Fascinating Life of Francis Lee Smith Jr: from Civil War Soldier to Prominent Lawyer

Francis Lee Smith, Jr. (October 1845 – August 25, 1916) finds his final resting place in the Presbyterian Cemetery. During his time as a VMI Cadet, he bravely fought in […]

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Christ Church Cemetery

General John Mason: the Man Behind the Star-Spangled Banner and Other Remarkable Connections

General John Mason played a crucial role in the creation of the US National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” He sent Francis Scott Key on a mission during the War of […]

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The Presbyterian Cemetery

Discover the Fascinating History of Louis Cazenove and Harriot E. Tuberville Stuart at the Lee-Fendall House

In the Presbyterian Cemetery, you can find the resting place of Louis Cazenove (November 29, 1807 – March 7, 1852) and his wife, Harriot E. Tuberville Stuart (1823 – December […]

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The Presbyterian Cemetery

Anthony Charles Cazenove: an Influential Citizen, Swiss Consul, and Accompanier of Marque De Lafayette to George Washington’s Grave

Anthony Charles Cazenove (April 6, 1775 – October 16, 1852) was an illustrious figure with a distinguished life, leaving behind a legacy that earned him immense respect both in his […]

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St Paul's Cemetery

Thomas Wells Childs: the Heroic Soldier from the Mexican War Buried in St. Paul’s Cemetery

Thomas Wells Childs, a courageous soldier known for his heroism during the Mexican War, rests in eternal peace at St. Paul’s Cemetery. Born on March 16, 1796, in Pittsburgh, Massachusetts, […]

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The Presbyterian Cemetery

Discover the Untold Story of Thomas Tretcher: from Teenager on Captain Cook’s Third Voyage to Merchant Ship’s Captain in Alexandria

In Alexandria’s Presbyterian Cemetery lies Thomas Tretcher (1760 – October 15, 1815), a notable figure with a fascinating history. During his teenage years, Tretcher served as an Able Seaman (AB), […]

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The Presbyterian Cemetery

John Thomas Newton: a Respected Navy Officer and Hero of the War of 1812

John Thomas Newton, born on May 20, 1794, and passing away on July 28, 1858, finds his final resting place in Alexandria’s Presbyterian Cemetery. A distinguished figure in the early […]

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Ivy Hill Cemetery

Uncovering the Mystery: Does Philip Richard Fendall Rest in Ivy Hill Cemetery? – Part 2

If you haven’t read the first installment of this series, see Part 1 [here]. Paving the Way: The Washington and Alexandria Turnpike In 1808, Alexandria set its sights on a […]

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Ivy Hill Cemetery

Uncovering the Mystery: Does Philip Richard Fendall Rest in Ivy Hill Cemetery? – Part 1

To read part 2 of this blog, click [here]. The Lee-Fendall House: Alexandria’s Historical Beacon Situated at 614 Oronoco Street in Alexandria, Virginia, the Lee-Fendall House is more than just […]

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The Methodist Protestant Cemetery

Major George Duffey: Alexandria’s Silversmith & Confederate Soldier. A Fascinating Historical Journey

Born on April 6, 1820, Major George Duffey was a third-generation silversmith in Alexandria and lived until July 10, 1895. He lies at rest in The Methodist Protestant Cemetery. His […]

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The Presbyterian Cemetery

The Spy Buried in Alexandria: Unraveling the Tale of Lieutenant William Weisband and the Impact on American Intelligence

Former First Lieutenant William Wolf Weisband (August 28, 1908 – May 14, 1967), a member of the U.S. Signal Corps, rests in Alexandria, Virginia’s Presbyterian Cemetery. During the Cold War, […]

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Christ Church Cemetery

Discover the Legacy of Sydney Smith Lee: Celebrated Naval Officer and Brother of Robert E. Lee

Early Naval Career and Service Sydney Smith Lee (September 2, 1802 – July 22, 1869) was a member of the Lee Family and is buried in Christ Church Cemetery, along […]

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The Methodist Protestant Cemetery

Uncovering Alexandria’s Dark History: the Slave Dealer and Jail That Inspired Uncle Tom’s Cabin

In Alexandria’s Methodist Protestant Cemetery rests Joseph Bruin (1808 – 1882), a prominent figure known for his involvement in the slave trade. He ran one of the largest slave pens […]

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Christ Church Cemetery

Caroline Branham: the Enslaved Chambermaid Who Witnessed George Washington’s Final Moments

Caroline Branham (1764 – March 13, 1843), enslaved at Mount Vernon and later at Arlington House, is buried in an unmarked grave at Christ Church without a gravestone. Arlington House […]

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The Presbyterian Cemetery

Discover the Fascinating Life of William Gregory: from Scottish Roots to Alexandria Legacy.

William Gregory III (born on March 3, 1789, and passed away on July 13, 1875) was originally from Kilmarnock, Scotland. He became well-known as a merchant in Alexandria, Virginia, after […]

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