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 United States
Custis Tombs
LocationNorthwest of the junction of Rtes. 644 and 645, near Cheapside, Virginia
Coordinates37°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
Arealess than one acre
Builtc. 1650 (1650)
NRHP reference #70000815[1]
VLR #065-0032
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 17, 1970
Designated VLRNovember 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 (ca. 1629-1696), 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 Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. 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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