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Works Project Administration – Articles from Rockingham County

CEMETERIES

1. SUBJECT:
Billy Blakemore, et al., Graves.

2. LOCATION:
One half mile west of Bridgewater, Virginia,, on Spring Creek Road.

3. DATE:
Not known.

4. OWNERS:
Unknown.

5. DESCRIPTION:
This grave plot is beside a fence in an open field. Graves are covered with brush and briers. There is no legible
inscription. A very large slab about 3 ½ x 7 feet and seven or eight inches thick covers the grave with a coffin
carved on top of the sand stone slab.

6. HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE:
This Blakemore, et al., Grave is very early history. The earliest inhabitant can only approximate the date of
death, which is over one hundred years. The inhabitant of this “Silent House” was an early settler in these parts,
and very active and prominent in early history. Information from an old lady ninety-four years old is she could
not remember the date of Blakemore’s death, he was of a prominent family, a large land owner, also a slave
holder, and I learned some of his slaves are buried in a colored graveyard on a hill above Spring Creek, the last
of these slaves being over one hundred years old when he died.

7. ART:
None.

8. SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
Informant: Mr. Newton Spitler, Spring Creek, Virginia.
Personal visit.

July 15, 1937 W.A. Byerly
Bridgewater, VA

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