Cemetery BIO: In June of 1833 on the West side of the Short Hill Mountain property was purchased from Nelson Everhart for $25.00. In August of 1833 the cornerstone was laid on that property for what was to become the Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church. In June of 1834 the first service was held and the church fully dedicated in September of the same year. On September 20, 1839, the first interment to the cemetery was Mrs. Catherine Prince. She was 76 years old. The church and cemetery continued to serve the community until 1895. At that time a more accessible location was desired, located, and built along Harpers Ferry Road. The old church, and cemetery, were quickly forgotten.
Today, all that remains of the church is its foundation. The stones were removed when the church moved to build a farmhouse on a nearby farm. The years have been very unkind and the cemetery has been forgotten by all but a few in the current congregation. The stones are overgrown with weeds, trees grow where graves once lay, and the entire area is covered in thorn bushes. The mountainous area makes access difficult, especially during the spring and summer due to the large number of poisonous snakes who make the cemetery their home.
There is often much confusion over the "Ebenezer Cemetery", as there are several in Loudoun County. This cemetery is known as the "Ebenezer ME Cemetery" in Neersville. Another Ebenezer Cemetery is the present day "Ebenezer UMC Cemetery" a half mile to the North-West. The third is the "Ebenezer Baptist Cemetery" in Bluemont and is on the opposite side of Loudoun County. The latter two Ebenezer Cemeteries are also located on FAG; see their listings for more information.
Driving Directions: The primary road in the area is US Rt-340 which runs between Charles Town/Harpers Ferry WV and Frederick MD. If travelling from Frederick, take US Rt-340 WEST. After about 16 miles you will cross the Potomac River into Virginia. 1/4 of a mile (or less) after crossing the bridge there will be a stop light. Turn LEFT at the light ... this is Harpers Ferry Road/VA-671. If travelling from Charles Town or Harpers Ferry, follow US Rt-340 EAST. After you cross the Shenandoah River into Virginia, there will be a stop light after about 1 mile. Turn RIGHT on to Harpers Ferry Road/VA-671. Once on Harpers Ferry Road you will travel about three miles and will pass the present day United Methodist Church and cemetery. About a half mile past the church you will see Snider Lane on the left, turn here. The road isn't paved, until you get about a quarter mile in. When the road becomes paved, it is private property. From this point on, proceed at your own risk. Continue onto the paved section and you'll pass a house on the left. Watch for a large wooden children's climbing toy and play fort to your LEFT. The cemetery is just inside the woods to your RIGHT. There is really no where "public" to park. Just past the home the road turns back to dirt, but there is a place you can park to the left at this point (you're still on private property). Getting into the woods is rather difficult and involves crossing a barbed wire fence.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Purcellville is the Post Office which serves that area. The PHYSICAL location of this cemetery is Neersville (which does not have a post office).
GPS Coordinates: 39.29005, -77.71412
- Added: 16 May 2005
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2143358
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