ABINGDON – Buried here in the Knollkreg Memorial Park are:
– James Hilton, author of Lost Horizon.
– Robert Porterfield, actor/producer.
ALDIE – In 1986, John Miller quit is 16K a year job and began to follow his dream of owning his own castle, antique store and bed and breakfast. With the help of his son and two daughters, he created the castle from scraps and discarded items. Called the Bull Run Castle, it has 29 closets, 89 windows and includes trap doors through which he can safely move between floors, an armory – complete with enough arms to defend it, and a portcullis (a grating made of iron bars, suspended in an entranceway which can be lowered to block passage), a dungeon, jail, great hall, and a chapel. It’s located at 24600 James Monroe Highway. GO THERE
ALEXANDRIA – Rocket scientist Werner Von Braun is buried here in the Ivy Hill Cemetery.
AMELIA – The Haw Branch Plantation manor house here is reportedly haunted. Terrifying screams of a woman have been heard throughout the house. The home was built in the 1700s.
APPOMATTOX – General Robert E. Lee surrendered here to General Ulysses S. Grant on April 8, 1865 at the court house to end the Civil War.
u Musician Joel Sweeney is buried here in the Sweeney Family Cemetery. on the outskirts of town. He invented the five string banjo.
u A lone gunman shot and killed eight people here on January 18, 2010 at 3030 Snapps Mill Road. The suspect, Christopher Speight, 39, owner of the home, surrendered later in the woods near the home.
ARLINGTON – Born here in Arlington were: TV host Katie Couric in 1957, and actress Sandra Bullock in 1966.
u The Pentagon building in Arlington is the largest office building in the world.
u The tomb of the Unknown Soldier is here in Arlington National Cemetery. GO THERE
u Buried here in the Arlington National Cemetery are:
– General Creighton Abrams. In Section 21, Lot S-33, Grid M/N-20.
– General Henry "Hap" Arnold. In Section 34, Lot 44-A, Grid UV-11/12.
– Fay (Venable) Bainter, actress. In Section 3, Lot #2465 Map, Grid M/N 12.5.
– Constance Bennett (Coulter), actress. In Section 3, Lot 2231-A, Grid P-13.
– Hugo Black, U.S. Supreme Court Justice. In Section 30 Lot 649-LH Grid W/X-38.5.
– Harry Blackmun, U.S. Supreme Court Justice. In Section 5, Lot 40-4, Grid V/W 36.
– Pappy Boyington, U.S. Army major and WWII hero. In Section 7A, Grave 150, Map GridV-28.
– General Omar Bradley.In Section 30, Lot 428-1 Grid AA-39.
– William Jennings Bryan, attorney/politician. In Section 4, Lot 3118-3121, Grids U-11.
– Warren Burger, U.S. Supreme Court Justice. In Section 5, Lot 7015-2 Grid W-36.
– Claire Chennault, commander of the Air Force Flying Tigers. In Section 2 Lot 872 Grid P/Q-31.
– General Lucius D. Clay Jr. In Section 30 Lot 497.
– William Colby, Director of the CIA. In Section 59 Lot 655 Grid EE/FF-23.5.
– General James "Jimmy" Doolittle, In Section 7A, Grave 110. In Section 5 Lot 7004-B-1Grid W-36.
– John Foster Dulles, Presidential Cabinet Secretary. In Section 21 Lot 31 Grid M/N-20.5.
– Medgar Evers, civil rights activist. He was murdered on June 12, 1963. He is in Section 36 Lot 1431 Grid BB-40.
– James Forrestal, former U.S. Secretary of the Navy. He killed himself by jumping from a window on the 16th floor, while a patient at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1949. He is in Section 30 Lot 674 Grid X-39.
– Arthur Goldberg, US Supreme Court Justice. In Section 21 Lot S-35 Grid M-20.5.
– Virgil Grissom, astronaut. In Section 3, Lot 2503-E, Grid Q-15/16.
– Admiral William "Bull" Halsey. In Section 2, Lot 1184 Grid T-31.
– Dashiell Hammett, mystery author. In Section 12 Lot 508 Grid Y/Z-23
– Ira Hayes, U.S. Marine who raiser the flag at Iwo Jima. In Section 34, Grave 479A.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., US Supreme Court Justice. In Section 5 Lot 7004 GridV/W-36.
– Vinnie Ream Hoxie, sculptor. Her statue of Abraham Lincoln stands in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. In Section 3 Lot 1876 Grid T-16.
– John Fitzgerald Kennedy, U.S. President. In Section 45 Grid U-35.
– Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, infant child of John F. Kennedy. In Section 45 Grid U-35.
– Robert F. Kennedy, brother of John. In Section 45, Grid U-33.5.
– Kennedy, Unnamed infant daughter of John F. Kennedy. In Section 45 Grid U-35.
– Jacqueline Onassis (Bouvier) Kennedy. In Section 45 Grid U-35.
– Priscilla Lane, actress. In Section 60, Grave 1288, Grid EE-22.
– Ed "Strangler" Lewis, wrestler. In Section 53, Grave 3546.
– Evelyn Norton Lincoln, personal secretary to President John F. Kennedy. In the Columbarium, Court 4 Section A Niche 16-3.
– Robert Todd Lincoln, first son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. In Section 31 Lot 13 Grid Y-38.
– Joe Louis, boxer. In Section 7A, Grave 177.
– Martha Louis, wife of Joe Louis. In Section 7A.
– General George C. Marshall. In Section 7, Grave 8198, map grid V 24.
– Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court Justice. In Section 5, Grave 40-3.
– Lee Marvin, actor. In Section 7A, Lot 176, Map Grid U-24.
– Ilona Massey, actress and wife of General Donald Dawson. In Section 5, Grave 7056-1.
– Bill Mauldin, WWII cartoonist. He created "Willie and Joe." In Section 64 Lot 6974.
– Wayne Morris, actor. In Section 8, Grave 5491.
– Audie Murphy, actor and WWII hero. In Section 46 Lot 366-11 Grid O/P-22.5.
– Robert E. Peary, explorer.
– General John J. "Blackjack" Pershing.
– Francis Gary Powers, U©2 Spy Pilot.
– Frank Reynolds, television newscaster.
– Admiral Hyman Rickover. In Section 5.
– General Matthew Ridgway. In Section 7, Grave 8196.
– William H. Taft, U.S. President. In Section 30, Lot S-14.
– General Maxwell Taylor. In Section 7A.
– Pat Tillman, football player and U.S. Army Ranger. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004.
– General James Van Fleet Sr. In Section 7 Lot 8195-A Grid V/W-24.
– General Jonathan Wainwright. In Section 1, Lot 358-B.
– George Westinghouse, founder of Westinghouse Electric.
AUGUSTA CITY – Artist George Bingham was born here in 1811.
BELROI – Army surgeon Walter Reed was born here in 1851. He discovered the cure for scarlet fever.
BOSTON – Broadway musical director Jay Blackton is buried here in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in South Boston
BRISTOL – Bristol is legally two cities but they share the same main street. One in Virginia and one in Tennessee each with its own government and city services.
BROOKNEAL – U.S. patriot Patrick Henry and his wife Dorthea Dandridge are buried here on their former estate "Red Hill." In a speech in 1774, he cried: "Give me liberty or give me death."
CHARLES COUNTY – Born here in Charles City were: U. S. President William Henry Harrison was in 1773, and U. S. President John Tyler in 1790.
u Harrison and his wife Elizabeth are buried here on their former Berkeley Plantation.
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Born here in Charlottesville were actor Richard Arlen in 1899, and actor Rob Lowe in 1964.
u Born near Charlottesville were: General Thomas Sumter in 1734, explorer Meriwether Lewis in 1774, and explorer William Clark in 1770.
u President Thomas Jefferson and his wife Martha are buried here on their former Monticello estate. This was his home from 1768 until his death on July 4, 1826. Many of Jefferson's descendants are also buried here in the family Cemetery..
CHESAPEAKE – Musician Willie Phelps is buried here in the Greenlawn Memorial Park.
CIVIL WAR IN VIRGINIA – Take a Tour of the Virginia Civil War battlefields. GO THERE . MORE
CLARKSBURG – General Stonewall Jackson was born here in 1824.
CRITZ – Richard Reynolds Jr., former president of the Reynolds Tobacco Co. is buried here on the Reynolds Homestead.
CULPEPER – First Lady Ellen Arthur was born here in 1837.
u Betty Washington, sister of U.S. President George Washington is buried here at the Western View Plantation. She died in 1797.
u Author Lillian Rixey is buried here in the Fairview Cemetery.
DANTE – Baseball player Harry Perkowski was born here in 1922.
DANVILLE – Baseball player Wallace Burnette is buried here in the Danville Memorial Gardens.
DRAPER – Baseball player Yancy "Doc" Ayers was born here in 1890.
EMPORIA CITY – Baseball player Vern Morgan was born here in 1928 and is buried here in the Emporia Cemetery.
FAIRFAX – Laura Hillenbrand, author the book Seabiscuit, was born here.
FANCY GAP – Buried here in Fancy Gap are Floyd Allen and his son Claude. They were electrocuted on March 28, 1913 for their part in the Hillsville Massacre in 1912. (see Hillsville for details).
FARMVILLE – Senator Blanche Kelso Bruce was born near here in 1841.
FORT MONROE – Army Chief of Staff Matthew Ridgway was born here in 1895.
FRANKLIN COUNTY – Educator Booker T. Washington was born here in 1856.
FREDERICKSBURG – Ferry Farm near here is the boyhood home of George Washington where he lived from age six until he was almost 20. The riverfront property (84 acres) at 268 Kings Hwy in Stafford County, is the placewhereg Washington cut down his father’s cherry tree. And where he lived when he threw a stone across the Rappahannock River. The farm, situated across the river from the city of Fredericksburg, is part open fields and part woodland with an abundance of wildlife including deer, foxes, wild turkeys and many species of birds. The historic resources are mostly below ground and extensive archaeology is on-going.Part of the riverside Ferry Farm where Washington grew up, and where legend has it that Washington chopped down his father's cherry tree, was sold in 1996 to Wal-Mart who planned to build a new store on it. The Washington house burned in the early 1800s, but the foundation is preserved. The site,is mostly open fields, with a view of the river. The Wal-Mart site sits on 30 acres and the Washington historic site is on 15 acres. Tract houses and a shopping center are visible nearby.
u The arm of Stonewall Jackson is buried near Fredricksburg on the Ellwood plantation. To get there from Fredericksburg and I-95 exit 130, go west 8 miles on Rt 3 to Chancellorsville, cross Rte 610, then left on Rte 20. About a half-mile south. Buried in back of the Ellwood House; brown signs mark the entrance. Turn left onto the gravel road, to the parking area. The small cemetery is to the right of the house, at the end of a garden walkway GO THERE
u Mary Dandridge Washington, mother of George Washington is buried here at the Mary Washington Memorial. George was born 38 miles east of here.
u Buried here in the Saint Georges Episcopal Burial Ground are:
– John Dandridge, father of Martha Washington. He is in the northeast corner of the Cemetery..
– William Paul, tailor and brother of John Paul Jones.
FREETOWN – Cookbook author Edna Lewis was born here in 1917. The granddaughter of a slave, she wrote books about Southern cooking.
GATE CITY – Outlaw Kenneth "Kinnie" Wagner is buried here in the Mountain View School Cemetery (Woods). He is plot GC #38.
GORE – Author Willa Cather was born here in 1873 and lived here until she was nine.
GERMANTOWN – Supreme Court Judge John Marshall was born here in 1755.
GLOUCESTER – In May, 2003, archaeologists announced they had discovered the exact site of the long lost Indian village Werowocomoco on an old farm located above the York River, 15 miles north of Jamestown and near Gloucester. It was the principal village of the Indian chieftain Powhatan. A powerful tribal leader, who controlled the Virginia Tidewater area when the English established the Jamestown colony in 1607. Powhatan, who had about 100 wives during his lifetime, had a dozen with him there at the time along with many of his children, one of which was named Pocahontas. In December of 1607, when Captain John Smith, Jamestown's military leader and his crew were exploring the Chickahominy River they were kidnapped by an Indian hunting party and were taken to the village of Werowocomoco where Powhatan charged him with murdering several Indians and sentenced him to death. Just when Powhatan was about to club Smith to death, 10-year-old Pocahontas threw her body over his to save him.
GREENWAY – U.S. president John Tyler was born here in 1790.
HALIFAX COUNTY – First Lady Rachel Jackson was born here in 1767.
HAMPTON – Basketball player Allen Iverson was born here in 1975.
u Actor Donald Bexley is buried here in the Hampton Memorial Gardens Cemetery.. He played "Bubba." on the TV show Sanford and Son. He is in the Veterans Block 3, Lot 228, Space 1 (unmarked).
HAMPTON ROADS – On March 9, 1862 the USS Monitor and the USS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimac) met here in one of the most famous naval engagements in U.S. history. Their battle, the first of its kind between metal armored vessels.
HANOVER COUNTY – Born here in Hanover County were: statesman Patrick Henry in 1736, and statesman Henry Clay in 1777. It was he that said "I would rather be right than be president."
HILLSVILLE – In 1910, local resident, Floyd Allen, 50, was charged with obstructing justice and assaulting an officer after he decided to free his young nephews, Wesley and Sidna Edwards, who were roped and handcuffed to a wagon as they were being brought back to Hillsville after fleeing to North Carolina. The charge was disturbing a religious service and fighting. As the wagon passed by, Allen objected to how the deputy was treating the boys. It's said that Allen took the deputy's revolver, hit him on the head with it, then smashed the gun on a rock. Allen was later arrested and charged with hitting a law officer.
– After many postponements, Floyd was finally brought to trial on March 12, 1912, where he found guilty and sentenced to a year in prison. When the sheriff started toward him to escort him to jail, he stood up and declared "Gentlemen, I ain`t a`going." When he reached in his pocket for some papers, the Clerk of the Court, pulled his gun and shot at Floyd and was in turn fired upon by Floyd`s brother, Sidna along with Floyd`s son, Claude. The prosecuting attorney and the Deputy Clerk pulled their guns and returned fire. This brought on fire from Floyd`s two nephews, Friel Allen and Wesley Edwards along with five deputy sheriffs also stationed in the room. The battle, which only lasted about two minutes, resulted in the death of five people and the wounding of seven others. The judge, the sheriff, the prosecutor, a juryman and a witness were killed in the cross fire. Floyd and his son, Claude were sentenced to death by electrocution. Sidna Allen was sentenced to 35 years in prison, Wesley Edwards 27 years, and Friel Allen 18 years. The courthouse is still in use today and a few bullet holes still remain. GO THERE
HOT SPRINGS – Golfer Sam Snead was born here in 1912 and is buried here in the Snead Family Cemetery.
JAMESTOWN – Actor Donald Bexley was born here in 1910.
KING WILLIAM – Powhatan, father of Pocahontas is buried here on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation. He is next to the railroad tracks
LEESBURG – TV host Arthur Godfrey is buried here in the Union Cemetery.
LEXINGTON – Born here in Lexington were: inventor Cyrus Hall McCormick in 1809 (near here on the Walnut Grove estate), and founder of the American Tobacco Co. Thomas Ryan in 1851.
u Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson is buried here in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery.
u Buried here in the Lee Chapel Museum are:
– Commander Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee, father of General Robert E. Lee.
– Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
– Mary Anne Randolph Lee. wife of General Lee. She is in a crypt in the museum.
– Traveller, General Lee's horse.
LOUDOUN COUNTY – Columnist Russell Baker was born here in 1925.
LYNCHBURG – Religious leader Jerry Falwell was born here in 1933.
u Actor/producer Anderson Lawler is buried here in the Spring Hill Cemetery.
MACES SPRING – Singer June Cash was born here in 1929.
u Musician Sara Carter is buried here in the Mount Vernon Methodist Church Cemetery. She was an original member of the musical Carter family.
MANASSASS – General Thomas Jackson got his nickname "Stonewall" here in Manassass, the site of two major Civil War Battles.
MCCLURE – Musician Carter Stanley is buried here in the Hills of Home Cemetery.
MEAHERRIN – Singer Roy Clark was born here in 1933.
MONTEBELLO – U.S. President Zachary Taylor was born here in 1784.
MONTPELIER – President James Madison and his wife Dolly are buried here on their former Montpelier Estate.
MOUNT VERNON – George and Martha Washington are buried here at their former Mount Vernon Estate. At his wishes, Washington lay for three days in the dining room of Mount Vernon before he was buried. He had a fear of being buried alive and wanted everyone to be certain he was truly dead. Nearby are the graves of many of the slaves Washington once owned. GO THERE
NEW KENT COUNTY – Born here in New Kent County were: First Lady Martha Washington in 1732, and First Lady Letitia Tyler at Cedar Grove in 1790.
NEWPORT NEWS – Born here in Newport News were: singer Pearl Bailey in 1918, and singer Ella Fitzgerald in 1937.
NORFOLK – Born here in Norfolk were: actress Margaret Sullavan was born here in 1911, and singer Wayne Newton in 1942. (other sources say he was born in Roanoke).
u The Atlantic headquarters of NATO is located here.
u General Douglas MacArthur and his wife Jean are buried here at the MacArthur Memorial.
u Joe Williams, inventor of the bank credit card is buried here in the Riverside Memorial Park.
u Baseball player Edgar Braxton is buried here in the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
ORANGE COUNTY – U. S. President Zachary Taylor was born here in 1784.
PATRICK COUNTY – Confederate Army officer James Jeb Stuart was born here in 1833.
PETERSBURG – Actor Joseph Cotten was born here in 1905 and is buried here in the Blandford Cemetery.
POPES CREEK – George Washington was born on Feb 22, 1732 near Popes Creek. The family plantation was located between Bridges Creek and Popes Creek which is "72 miles south of Washington D.C. on the Potomac River". George lived at Popes Creek for 3 1/2 years then his family moved 50 miles up the Potomac to Hunting Creek (now known as Mt. Vernon) and then when George was 7 they moved to a 228 acre farm near Fredericksburg. They lived there until George was 11 years old when his father Augustine died. GO THERE
u Buried here in the Washington family burial ground are:
– Lawrence Washington, grandfather of George Washington.
– Mildred Warner Washington, grandmother of President George Washington.
– John Washington Sr., great-grandfather of George Washington.
– Augustine Washington Sr., father of George Washington.
– Augustine Washington Jr., half-brother of George Washington.
– John Washington Jr., grand uncle of George Washington.
– Ann Wickliffe, grand-aunt of George Washington. She is in the same common grave as John Washington Jr.
PORT CONWAY – U. S. President James Madison was born here in 1751.
PORT ROYAL – John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln, was captured here on the Garrett farm in the tobacco barn on April 26, 1865. The Garrett farmhouse is long gone, and the exact spot where John W. Booth passed away now lies in a lonely, wooded stretch on the median of U.S. Rt. 301, about three miles northeast of Bowling Green, Virginia. This part of Rt. 301 is inside the boundaries of Fort A.P. Hill, VA. There is a historic marker on the south-bound lane of Rt. 301, but not the north-bound lane. The death site itself is marked by a metal pipe and a couple of cinder blocks.
PORTSMOUTH – Born here in Portsmouth were actress Mae Murray in 1889 (she was known as “The Girl With the Bee-Stung Lips” and “The Gardenia of the Screen”), and singer Missy Elliott in 1972.
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY – Inventor James E. West was born here in 1931. He was co-inventor of the transducer microphone used in telephones and tape recorders.
RADIANT – Baseball player Ollie Dinwiddie Tucker was born here in 1902, and is buried here in the Tucker Family Cemetery.
RICHMOND – Born here in Richmond were: dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in 1878, journalist Tom Wolfe in 1931, actor Warren Beatty actor in 1937, actress Shirley MacLaine in 1934, tennis player Arthur Ashe in 1943, and tennis player Meghann Shaughnessy in 1979,
u Patrick Henry made his "Give me Liberty or Give me Death" speech here in the St. John's Church.
u The former 1913 Richmond Dairy Building at 201 West Marshall Street, has been converted into apartments. The building features three sixteen-foot milk bottles which were also converted into apartments.
u The first electric street cars in America were introduced here in 1888.
u The intersection of Count and Basie is located here.
u Author Edgar Allen Poe once lived here in Richmond.
u Tennis player Arthur Ashe is buried here in the Woodland Cemetery
u Buried here in Hollywood Cemetery are:
– Jefferson Davis, C.S. President.
– James Monroe, U.S. President.
– John Tyler, U.S. President.
u A 90-feet tall pyramid memorial to the Confederacy was built here in Hollywood Cemetery in 1869. It is in a section of the cemetery that has over 18,000 Confederate graves and is the largest stone pyramid in the US.
u Buried here in the Hebrew Cemetery are:
– Edith Elliott Calisch, composer. She co-wrote the song Little Things Mean a Lot.
– Alan Campbell, screenwriter. He was twice married to writer Dorothy Parker. He killed himself in Hollywood in 1963.
u Elizabeth Arnold Poe, mother of Edgar Allen Poe is buried here in the Saint Johns Episcopal Churchyard.
u Richmond was named the 5th most dangerous city in America in 2005.
ROANOKE – Actor John Payne was born here in 1912.
ROBINETTE – Musician James Monroe McReynolds is buried here in the Robinette Cemetery in the Carfax Section. He appeared on the Grand Ole Opry.
ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY – Political leader Sam Houston was born here in 1793.
ROXBURY – First lady Letitia Christian Tyler, wife of U.S. President John Tyler is buried here in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
SALUDA – Lewis "Chesty" Fuller, the "greatest" Marine, is buried here in the Christ Church Cemetery.
SHADWELL – Born here in Shadwell were U. S. President Thomas Jefferson in 1743, and his slave and lover Sally Hemings in 1773.
SOUTHHAMPTON COUNTY – Nat Turner, leader of slave uprising was born here in 1800.
SPOTSYLVANIA – General Stonewall Jackson was accidentally shot in the left arm near here in 1863. The arm was amputated two inches below the shoulder in a field hospital near Chancellorsville. He died a week later from complications and his body, minus an arm, is buried at Virginia Military Institute. His arm was given an honorable burial at the Ellwood Plantation, 15 miles west of Fredericksburg. A marker on the site reads: "Arm of Stonewall Jackson. May 3." Jackson launched his famous flank attack against Union troops from during the Battle of Chancellorsville.
STAUNTON – Actor/playwright Larry Shue is buried here in the Hebron Cem .
STERLING – TV producer William S. Brown is buried here in the Sterling Cemetery..
STRATFORD – General Robert E. Lee was born here in 1807.
TEMPERANCEVILLE – Reverend Francis Makemie, founder of Presbyterianism in the United States is buried here in Holdens Creek Cemetery.
UPPERVILLE – The first horse show in America was held here in 1853.
u Jack Kent Cooke, former owner of the Washington Redskins and the Los Angeles Lakers is buried here in the Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery.
VIRGINIA BEACH – Prison escapee Richard McCloy was killed here in the 1980s by the FBI in a shootout at 733 N. Great Neck Road. McCloy was suspected of being the infamous D.B. Cooper who hijacked a plane in Portland, Oregon in 1971 and demanded $200,000 in cash and several parachutes. After the plane landed in Seattle to pickup the money and parachutes, it took off again. With the plane flying over the state of Washington at 10,000 feet, Cooper jumped out of the plane into the night. Cooper and the money has never been seen since.
WHITE POST – In 1749, George Washington, 17, worked here as a land surveyor in a stone office that still stands today.
WILLIAMSBURG – Baseball player Eric Tipton is buried here in the Williamsburg Memorial Cemetery.
WINCHESTER – Singer Patsy Cline (Virginia Dick) was born here in 1932. She is buried here in the Shenandoah Memorial Park.
WOODVILLE – News reporter Frank McGee is buried here in the Saint Paul's Episcopal Cemetery.
YORKTOWN – The British surrendered here to George Washington to end the Revolutionary War on October 19, 1781. GO THERE