Elmwood Cemetery (Norfolk, Virginia)

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Elmwood Cemetery
Elmwood Cemetery (Norfolk, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Elmwood Cemetery (Norfolk, Virginia)
Location 238 E. Princess Anne Rd., Norfolk, Virginia
Coordinates 36°51′42″N 76°16′57″W / 36.86167°N 76.28250°W / 36.86167; -76.28250Coordinates: 36°51′42″N 76°16′57″W / 36.86167°N 76.28250°W / 36.86167; -76.28250
Area 50 acres (20 ha)
Built 1853 (1853)
Architect Couper, John Deiterich; Couper, William; Sandford, Edward Field, Jr.; Magonigle, Harold Van Buren; Taylor, Wickham C.; Meakin, Clarence C.
Architectural style Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Exotic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 13000643[1]
VLR # 122-0116
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 27, 2013
Designated VLR June 19, 2013[2]

Elmwood Cemetery is a historic municipal cemetery located at Norfolk, Virginia. It was established in 1853, and is filled with monuments and mausoleums that embody the pathos and symbolism of the Victorian period's Christian view of death as a temporary sleep. A notable monument is the Recording Angel by William Couper (1853-1942) at the Couper Family plot. The Core Mausoleum (1910-1915) designed by Harold Van Buren Magonigle (1867-1935), with sculptures by Edward Field Sanford, Jr. (1886-1951), is another notable resource.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.[1] It is contiguous with West Point Cemetery, listed in 2007.

Notable burials[edit]

  • Governor Littleton Waller Tazewell, Sr. (1774-1860) was a US Senator and 26th Governor of Virginia.
  • Hugh Blair Grigsby (1806 – 1881) was a historian and author, and owner and editor of Norfolk’s American Beacon newspaper.
  • Colonel Walter H. Taylor (1838-1916) was an American banker, lawyer, soldier, politician, author and railroad executive.
  • Robert M. Hughes (1855-1940) was a Virginia lawmaker who served as a president of The Virginia Bar Association and helped to establish what would become Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • William Sloane (1867-1940) and Florence Knapp Sloane (1873 – 1953) were the driving force behind the Norfolk Museum of Arts & Sciences, now known as the Chrysler Museum of Art.
  • Sarah Lee Odend'hal Fain (1888-1962) was a schoolteacher and politician from Virginia. With Helen Timmons Henderson, in 1923 she was one of the first two women elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, and to the Virginia General Assembly as a whole. She is buried next to her husband, Walter Colquitt Fain (1888-1974).


  1. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 8/23/13 through 8/30/13. National Park Service. 2013-09-06. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Tim Bonney (March 2013). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Elmwood Cemetery" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying five photos