Custis Tombs

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Custis Tombs
John Custis IV tomb J.S.jpg
John Custis IV tomb in 2016
Custis Tombs is located in Virginia
Custis Tombs
Custis Tombs is located in the US
Custis Tombs
Location Northwest of the junction of Rtes. 644 and 645, near Cheapside, Virginia
Coordinates 37°13′44″N 76°0′14″W / 37.22889°N 76.00389°W / 37.22889; -76.00389Coordinates: 37°13′44″N 76°0′14″W / 37.22889°N 76.00389°W / 37.22889; -76.00389
Area less than one acre
Built c. 1650 (1650)
NRHP reference # 70000815[1]
VLR # 065-0032
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 17, 1970
Designated VLR November 5, 1968[2]

Custis Tombs, also known as Custis cemetery at Arlington, is a historic family burial ground located near Cheapside, Northampton County, Virginia. It consists of two tombs surrounded by a poured concrete platform raised a few inches above ground level. It includes the grave of John Custis (1630-1696), Major General and member of the Council for Virginia and progenitor of the Custis family in America. The other tomb is the box-like marble tomb of John Custis IV (1678-1749) with its pyramidal top and drapery carvings on the long sides.[3] The tombs were associated with Arlington mansion and located west of the separately listed Arlington Archeological Site.

The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission (May 1969). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Custis Tombs" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo

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