Homes in the Heart of Virginia: Take a Walk Thru a Cemetery

Take a Walk Thru a Cemetery

Cemetary on a HillHave you ever taken a walk thru a cemetery?  It is an amazing thing to do.  The headstones have a story to tell & a lifespan to show. How a family views the loved one that has passed can often be felt as you walk the aisles of the dead. 

Cemeteries are what we all share.  Every town and community has one. Their purpose is the same, a place to lay the dead. Walking thru a cemetery tells the story of the community you are in. You can tell the ancestry of a community, the skills and trades of the community, the religion of a community by walking and reading the headstones.

I recently visited my grandfather's gravesite.  My last visit was in 1990.  My grandmother takes a annual trip with her children to visit at the grave.  It was time for stories about my grandfather, planning for my grandmother, and for all of us to realize no one lives forever.

Navona Hart
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Comment balloon 14 commentsNavona Hart • July 18 2011 11:22PM


Hi Navona, my 88 yo mother has been researching our geneology for over 40 years.  We used to spend a lot of time in old cemetaries looking up family.  There is a lot of history in the old cemetaries as well as some interesting headstones.

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) almost 8 years ago

I've tried this, but I don't last long... perhaps I am feeling some of the spirits! :-)

Posted by Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA, #ChandlerRealEstateAgent (Liz Harris Realty) almost 8 years ago

And they are wonderful places to take photos, I have done some writing about cemeteries and have sold a home that was adjacent. Many different reactions from buyers looking at the property.


Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 8 years ago

Navona:  Funny you should mention cemeteries!  I was just taking to someone about this today!!!  There is a proposed cemetery in our Wine Country and some are opposing it and my conversation went to the "atmosphere", of a cemetery, and how it is a "Resting Place", and can be peaceful and serene! 

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) almost 8 years ago

Judith, i took photos of some but I am saving those for another post soon,

Liz, I am not bothered by them.  I get that some are though.

Margaret, yes, having a cemetery on or near adds an interesting resale value.

Posted by Navona Hart, Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia (Real Living Cornerstone) almost 8 years ago

Jane, I think you are right!  Funny how people get up in arms about them. Keep me posted on if it goes thru.

Posted by Navona Hart, Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia (Real Living Cornerstone) almost 8 years ago


Day of the Dead is pretty nice too.


Nobody real ever dies I believe.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 8 years ago

Navona,  My Father liked to visit cemeteries and read the names and headstones.  It was actually very profound.  Thanks for sharing your picture and story.  And bringing back memories of special times with my Father.

Posted by Kathleen Vetrano, Helping YOU Achieve YOUR Dreams (RE/MAX Gateway) almost 8 years ago

Walking through a cemetery and looking at headstones is one of my favorite things to do Navona..........they each have a story to tell.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 8 years ago

Luz, I can't believe you found your name, eek!

Carole, I believe in spirits, not sure they are hanging around at the cemetery though

Roger, I love them too!  We match.

Kathleen enjoy the memories of your dad, thanks for reading.

Posted by Navona Hart, Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia (Real Living Cornerstone) almost 8 years ago


Walking thru a cemetery is one thing my wife loves to do.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker almost 8 years ago

Love the old cemeteries that give a little history, some have photographs of them on the tombstone as well.  Beautiful headstones .. not like the more practical flat ones that we have now.  I grew up accompanying my parents to tend to a family plot in an old church cemetery where my grandparents and great grandparents now rest.  Lots of history.

Posted by Connie Goodrich, CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

I love the history that can be found there!  Boston has some great ones.

Posted by Rob and Camille Di Maio (San Antonio Real Estate - Keller Williams Legacy) almost 8 years ago

Richard, Do you take here on dates into cemeteries? 

Connie,  When we visited we also cared for the grave by cleaning it and putting fresh silk flowers.  I never thought of that responsibility before this visit.  In small graveyards that care is the responsibility of the family.

Richard Y, I don't think I have ever seen a cemetery being built, that would be most interesting.

Rob and Camille, I bet Boston has great historical graveyards!  That would be most interesting to explore

Posted by Navona Hart, Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia (Real Living Cornerstone) almost 8 years ago