The cemetery is on private property. Rives family burials from 1815-1862 are within the metal fence.
Take Hwy 29 to Oak Ridge Road, also known as Route 653, five miles south of Lovingston VA.
Text of the historical marker for Oak Ridge Estate:
About two miles east is Oak Ridge, a 4,800-acre estate first patented in the 1730s. Robert Rives (1764-1845), a tobacco planter and international trader, built his house there in 1802. In 1867, William Porcher Miles (1822-1899), a former Confederate congressman, acquired the plantation. Nelson County native and Wall Street financier Thomas Fortune Ryan (1851-1928) purchased Oak Ridge in 1901 and transformed it into a country estate. He remodeled Rives's Federal farmhouse into a Colonial Revival mansion and built some 80 structures, including schools, a telephone company building, a movie theater, and stables for Ryan's 200 Thoroughbreds. A Crystal Palace-style greenhouse, a racetrack, and a private railroad station are among 50 surviving structures.
GPS Coordinates: 37.70988, -78.86324
- Added: 31 Jul 2010
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2364168
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