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Elmwood Cemetery, Burial Records
City of Norfolk, Virginia

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Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, VA

GPS: 36.861154, -76.282089

238 East Princess Anne Rd.
Norfolk VA 23510

Published: March 5, 2020
Total records: 29,307

Elmwood Cemetery is owned by the City of Norfolk.

Cemetery History

Elmwood Cemetery is a 50-acre municipal cemetery established in Norfolk County (now in the City of Norfolk), Virginia, in 1853. It is contiguous with Norfolk's first public cemetery, Cedar Grove, established in 1825 and Norfolk's first African American cemetery, West Point, established in 1873.

In the early 1850's, it became clear that Norfolk's public cemetery, Cedar Grove, would soon be full. John and Rebecca Tunis sold the City of Norfolk a tract of land known as Farmingdale. In 1852 a local paper published a request for proposals to build a brick wall enclosing the new cemetery. Elmwood was officially established in 1853. It was originally connected to Cedar Grove by a bridge across Smith's Creek. The 1890's saw the creek filled in with the extension of Princess Anne Ave. (now Road). That period also saw the wall extended, the addition of the entrance gate, and more land added. The Cemetery comprises just under 50 acres.

In 2013, Elmwood Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places. (see application in the Download files below).

City of Norfolk Records

Records linked below were acquired from the City of Norfolk on March 4, 2020. These records come directly from the City's cemetery records database. We made no attempt to correct incorrect information. Our goal is to illustrate exactly what the source shows.

Dates of death in these records range from 1767 to 2020.

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