Clifts Plantation Burial Ground

Clifts Plantation Burial Ground (HMN3Q)

Location: Montross, VA 22520 Westmoreland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 9.561', W 76° 50.214'

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Who Was Buried Here?

The Clifts Plantation cemetery was located on the opposite side of the current road. Because of long distances to the nearest church in the 17th and early 18th centuries, plantation burial grounds were common in the Chesapeake region.

Archaeologists found 17 burials in the cemetery - seven white and ten black. In the early 18th century, wealthy planters throughout the Chesapeake turned increasingly from white to enslaved black labor. To a large extent, the switch from indentured whites to black slaves working on Virginia plantations resulted from a decline in the number of Europeans willing to leave home and a rise in the trade of enslaved Africans.

The burials at the Clifts site followed the typical European practice of placing the dead in a shroud and coffin.
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 6:49am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 339068 N 4225089
Decimal Degrees38.15935000, -76.83690000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 9.561', W 76° 50.214'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 9' 33.66" N, 76° 50' 12.84" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 35 Unnamed Road, Montross VA 22520, US
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