Blandford Cemetery

  • Also Known As: VDHR File No 123-110

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Site

Blandford Cemetery is an historic and active 189 acre burial ground in Petersburg, Virginia. - AsNotedIn

Blandford possesses the finest extant collection of nineteenth-century decorative cast and wrought ron in Virginia, and one of the best in the entire nation in terms of both quality, quantity, and variety. The ironwork at Blandford includes gates that were produced during the late eighteenth or early nineteenth centuries, and decorative iron fences, gates, and urns from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. - NRHP, 30 March 1992



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1702/00/00 Dated 1702, Richard Yarborough's grave is the oldest marked grave in Blandford cemetery. The handsome wall that enclosed the churchyard in the 1750s is laid in English bond with cap of semicircular coping bricks.
1819/00/00 City of Petersburg buys the abandoned Blandford Church and four surrounding acres for a cemetery.
1839/01/26 Robert Bolling IV Died Robert Bolling dies. The Bolling mausoleum is located in Ward A at Blandford Cemetery.
1850/00/00 Ligon Square fence and gates, a design that appears in the 1858 Wood and Perot catalogue, incorporates a naturalistic vine and tree trunk motif. J T Morris Square has an interesting fence, probably made by Wood and Perot.
1857/00/00 Carved by Bowie, McCleary and Wright of Petersburg, the Cockade City monument, designed by Seth Heath Jr and erected by Bowie, Right and Sharpe in 1857, marks the grave of Captain Richard McRae, who commanded Petersburg volunteers in the War of 1812.
1857/00/00 Bolling Mausoleum, a fine Gothic Revival-style structure is built of granite and King of Prussia marble by Bowie, Wright and Sharpe. Cast-iron gate that is most certainly the work of Wood and Perot.
1858/00/00 Col Robert Bolling In Memoriam The remains of Robert Bolling are moved to the Bolling mausoleum in Blandford Cemetery.
1862/07/31 Maj Richard Kidder Meade Jr Died Richard Kidder Meade, Engineer in the Confederate States Army, dies of a disease in Petersburg, Virginia.
1864/07/30 Blandford Cemetery is the resting place of Confederate soldiers who died in the Battle of the Crater on July 30, 1864. Siege of Petersburg
1866/06/09 First Decoration Day service is conducted by the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg. The event will become an inspiration for the national observance of Memorial Day. Memorial Day
1868/00/00 Blandford Cemetery is the final resting place for about 30,000 Confederate soldiers who were re-interred between 1868 and 1900 by the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg.
1900/12/29 Ryland Randolph Madison Died Ryland Randolph Madison dies in Cumberland, Maryland. He is buried in Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Virginia, in Ward D, Old Ground, Section 14. Marriage of Lucy Addison Sprigg and Ryland Randolph Madison
1927/12/12 Governor William Hodges Mann dies. Buried at Blandford, the 46th Governor of Virginia from 1910 to 1914, was a spy behind Grant's lines during the Siege of Petersburg. Siege of Petersburg
1994/02/06 Joseph Cotten Died Joseph Cotten passes away at age 88. he is buried in Blandford Cemetery.

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Particulars for Blandford Cemetery:
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Art
Build Material Cast Iron
Historic Use Cemetery
Architectural Style Early republic
Material Iron
Architectural Style Late Victorian
Architectural Style Mid 19th century revival
Sight Category Site
Material Wrought-Iron

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 15th October 1992

Registry Name: Blandford Cemetery
Registry Address: 319 S. Crater Rd.
Registry Number: 92001371
Resource Type: Site
Owner: Local
Architect: Davidson,James; Bowie,McCleary and Wright
Architectural Style: Mid 19th century revival, Early republic, Late victorian
Area in Acres: 189
Non-Contributing Buildings: 3
Contributing Sites: 1
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: State
Area of Significance: Art
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering
Criteria Consideration: Cemetery
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1700-1749, 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1800-1824, 1750-1799, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1702, 1735, 1819
Historic Function: Funerary
Historic Sub-Function: Cemetery
Current Function: Funerary
Current Sub-Function: Cemetery

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