|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
This is an old family cemetery located about 1-1.5 miles south-east of Bridgewater, Virginia, near the North River. The cemetery was indexed (twice) as part of the Virginia W. P. A. Historical Inventory Project sponsored by the Virginia conservation Commission under the direction if its Division of History.
Thanks to user kimmie925 for photographing many of the headstones in the cemetery and pointing out that the Hershberger surname on WPA surveys is incorrect--this should be Hernsberger according to the headstones.
The cemetery is at latitude, longitude: 38.36655,-78.9637. From Bridgewater take VA-42 S to Airport Rd/State Route 727 to State Route 888/Waystation Rd. At the end of State Route 888/Waystation Rd take the right fork to it's end; the cemetery is next to a private residence.
Another index of the cemetery is at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~varockin/HRHS/cem/hernsberger.htm.
From the WPA reports:
This burying place is enclosed by a stone wall, no gate entrance, the wall being about three and one half feet high and eighteen inches thick. It was located here prior to 1800, and has long since been abandoned. The wall is well built, and is in fair state of preservation. The entrance was obtained by wooden steps over the top of the wall which steps have long ago rotted away, with no trace of them there, now.
The "inhabitants hereof" were among the first settlers in this section of Virginia, and the Hershbergers were very prominent people in their day, and I learn that several families of Hershbergers who live in the east side of the county in the "Good's Mill" section, are direct descendants of the inhabitants living in the "silent village" under discussion. Some of this same Hershberger family are planted in the Northern Methodist (abandoned) cemetery in Mt. Crawford, Virginia. The same type or style of tombstone, the carving, the weeping willows and "what-nots" are very similar.
(from http://image.lva.virginia.gov/VHI/html/25/0041.html, March 15, 1937)
This is a private cemetery enclosed by a stone wall, with no gate entrance, with board steps—not rotted away—over the wall. This cemetery is full and long since abandoned. The walls are in fair conditions.
The walls show signs of decay, but are a splendid specimen of early masonry. The markers are of peculiar shape, some standing and some covering the graves. Some of the inscriptions are illegible.
(from http://image.lva.virginia.gov/VHI/html/25/0042.html, February 26, 1937)
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