Gravestones (HM20QA)

Location: Tangier, VA 23440 Accomack County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 49.47', W 75° 59.508'

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Many people ask about the gravestones in front yards. While not unique to Tangier Island and seen throughout the Eastern Shore of Virginia, these are more obvious on such a small island. A number of reasons have been given for these burial sites:

· The close proximity of burying a loved one allowed the grave to be more easliy cared for and visited

· Placing a grave close to the home reduced the risk of grave-robbery, a common problem in the 1800's and early 1900's

· Animals were less likely to dig up graves when in such locations

· Higher ground near a home was less likely to result in a casket being floated to the surface by rising tides

Cholera victim, 1866 - Kaye, 2007
HM NumberHM20QA
Placed ByTangier History Museum & Interpretive Cultural Center
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, August 14th, 2017 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 412714 N 4186806
Decimal Degrees37.82450000, -75.99180000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 49.47', W 75° 59.508'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 49' 28.2" N, 75° 59' 30.48" W
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Area Code(s)757
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16260-16268 Main Ridge Rd, Tangier VA 23440, US
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