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Longwood Cemetery
Bedford, Bedford County, Virginia

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Longwood Cemetery, Bedford, VA

GPS: 37.34176, -79.51135

1131 Park St
Bedford, VA 24523

Published: December 11, 2019
Total records: 1,532

Longwood Cemetery is owned by the City of Bedford.

Cemetery History

Bedford's original cemetery was Longwood Cemetery. It was in the northern suburbs of Liberty, adjacent to the fairgrounds. The cemetery once featured hitching posts for the convenience of people visiting grave sites on horseback. In the early days the cemetery was operated by a Board of Trustees. All maintenance was performed by surviving family members. The markers from that era are some of the best examples of cemetery art available (the regulations on the types and variety of monuments and markers were few if any). The markers were typically commissioned for individual construction. Most of the markers from this era are hand carved marble with intricate artwork and inscriptions.

Longwood Cemetery served as the town's cemetery until the early 1800s, Oakwood Cemetery was established adjacent, just prior to the Civil War and was developed on the grounds to the south and east of Longwood Cemetery.

City of Bedford Records

Records below were acquired from the City of Bedford on December 10, 2019. Dates of death range from 1828 to 2017.

NOTE: there are many records which appear to have the gender incorrect, for example there is a "ANSPACK, Mary" listed as male. These came from the City this way, we made no attempt to correct them.

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