Historic Background

Discover the fascinating history of Alexandria’s burial practices and the Anglican Church’s profound influence in the 18th century. Delve into the challenges faced by early Alexandrians as they navigated the complexities of religious dominance, limited burial grounds, and the establishment of family plots. Uncover the lost legacies of prominent families like the Wests and the Washingtons, and witness the evolution of Alexandria’s burial landscape as religious freedom took hold. Click here to embark on a captivating journey through Alexandria’s early burial history and the Anglican Church’s pivotal role in shaping the city’s identity.

Experience the rich history and serene beauty of the Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex, a historical gem nestled in the heart of Alexandria, Virginia. Born out of the devastating Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1803, this sprawling burial ground encompasses 13 historic cemeteries, serving as the final resting place for over 35,000 individuals. From Revolutionary War veterans and Civil War soldiers to African American leaders and influential politicians, the complex is a treasure trove of stories waiting to be discovered. Click here to explore the notable figures buried within, learn about the complex’s expansion and evolution, and plan your visit to this extraordinary historical site.

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