Original Charlottesville Burial Ground

Prior to the 20th Century, there were three public cemeteries in Charlottesville: Maplewood (founded c. 1827), Oakwood (founded c. 1860), and Riverview (founded in 1887).


An earlier graveyard pre-dates these, but its location is lost to the shadows of history. A rare reference to it is found in Moore’s Albemarle: Jefferson’s County (1976) who mentioned a burial ground “in a garden” off Park Street, near the First Presbyterian Church. Today it is an empty lot along an otherwise densely packed street.