Mount Hebron Cemetery, in Winchester, VA started modestly, in 1844, adjacent to two much older cemeteries: the German Reformed Church Cemetery, chartered more than a hundred years earlier, and the Lutheran Church Cemetery, chartered a mere 90 years earlier. Both of the older cemeteries now form parts of Mount Hebron, along with the Stonewall Confederate Cemetery, which was the first cemetery dedicated exclusively to the re-interment of Confederate soldiers — the locals revered their Southern heritage (and fully embraced the Lost Cause mythology) but also honored, and subsequently protected, heroes from previous wars as well.
Although it now encompasses four different cemeteries, Mount Hebron was created and planned in the Victorian rural garden style, similar to, but more modest than cemeteries such as Laurel Hill in Philadelphia; Hollywood in Richmond; Mount Olivet in Frederick, MD; and Loudon Park in Baltimore.
Before public parks and museums became commonplace, rural garden cemeteries were multi-purpose cultural attractions where people could experience the art and refinement previously known only to the wealthy. Artists often were commissioned to create lovely statuary for the more well-to-do inhabitants, and paths and roads were laid out with an eye to gradually revealing pleasant views and landscaping arrangements.
A more famous resident of the cemetery is General Daniel Morgan, who during the Revolutionary War was one of Washington’s most trusted leaders, and was a hero in both the battles of Saratoga and Cowpens. His restful peace was almost disturbed several times: during the Civil War his grave was obscured, so Union troops wouldn’t disinter him and remove him to a Northern site; the city of Winchester resisted a later effort in 1951 to move him to the site of his greatest victory, Cowpens, SC.
Saint Peters Churchyard (Lewis, DE)
Loudon Park Cemetery (Baltimore)
Loudon Park National Cemetery
Mount Olivet Cemetery (Frederick, MD)
Westminster Burying Ground
Albany Rural Cemetery
Christ Church Burial Ground
Laurel Hill Cemetery (Philadelphia)
Alexandria African-American Heritage Park
Arlington National Cemetery
Fredericksburg National Cemetery
Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond)
Mount Hebron Cemetery (Winchester, VA)
Old City Cemetery (Lynchburg, VA)
Prospect Hill Cemetery (Front Royal, VA)
Winchester National Cemetery
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