Culpeper National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the town of Culpeper, in Culpeper County, Virginia. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses 29.6acre of land, and as 2014, had over 11,000 interments.Arrange your visit to Culpeper National Cemetery and discover more family-friendly attractions in Culpeper using our Culpeper travel route planner.
During the American Civil War, the territory around the city of Culpeper was defended vigorously by both sides, as it was a strategic point almost exactly between Washington D.C. and the capital of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia. Numerous battles took place in the region, including the Battle of Cedar Mountain and the Battle of Chancellorsville. The dead from those conflicts were buried nearby in makeshift grave sites. After the war a reburial program was initiated, and in 1867, Culpeper National Cemetery was established to reinter many of the remains from the makeshift sites.
The original cemetery comprised, bought from Edward B. Hill of Culpeper for $1,400. The original Second Empire Victorian caretakers lodge was built in 1872 and was designed by Montgomery C. Meigs. Many improvements to the grounds and facilities at the cemetery were made during the 1930s as part of the New Deal. These make-work improvements included replacing the original 1870s tool house at the cost of $8,000 in 1934, raising and realigning 912 headstones in May 1934, by the Civil Works Administration, and realignment and re-setting 402 headstones in 1936 though a Works Project Administration project.
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Had no idea this was here until we stumbled on it. Beautiful and calm cemetery.. very much an extension of Arlington. We happened to come by in the evening when it was foggy out, making it a bit eerie, but a very worthwhile place to stroll.
Very well kept cemetery. I'm glad that this is a final resting place for so many loved ones. If you ever get a chance please go by an visit.
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