The Gordon Family Cemetery

Plaque at cemetery entrance - The Gordons of Kenmore The cemetery, located behind the Mary Washington monument on Washington Avenue in Fredericksburg, VA, occupies a piece of land approximately 40 feet wide and 30 feet long. A 7-inch-thick brick wall surrounds the cemetery, and a wrought-iron gate along the east wall provides access to the twelve grave markers on the plot. Samuel Gordon, the first of the Gordons who lived at Kenmore from 1819 to 1859, probably created the cemetery. In 1891, the National Mary Washington Memorial Association purchased the property as part of the surroundings for a monument to the mother of George Washington. After legal disputes over ownership of the land, the cemetery was deeded to the City of Fredericksburg in 1966.

The dates on the grave markers range from 1826 to 1872. While most of the markers are headstones, there are four table markers, two family markers including an obelisk, and one foot stone. Almost all the markers are made of marble and each marker faces east to symbolize the hope of spiritual resurrection. Every marker except the foot stone has a carved surface, usually telling the name, birth, and death dates of the deceased. A few markers have rosettes and foliage carved in high relief and four stones bear Bible verses. Most of the inscriptions are in excellent condition and easily readable. Only two of the markers bear the names of their carvers: "A. Lang" and "Downing". The passage of time has taken its toll on the markers, however. Moss and lichen grow on many of the stones. A great many markers are discolored and some are tilted and heavily cracked.

Picture of cemetery gate with obelisk seen in distance
The gate of the Gordon family cemetery
Each gravestone offers a glimpse into the individual and family lives of Gordons in the 19th century. The deceased range in age from three months to ninety-four years. The markers describe Gordons who were born in Scotland and Virginia and who died at Kenmore and Waverly in Fauquier County. One side of the obelisk commemorates a Gordon who died a prisoner of the Civil War at Point Lookout as well. Husbands and wives, parents and children, brothers and sisters are buried together, and the obelisk bears the name of a brother and sister buried with another Gordon family member.

The cemetery holds the remains of the following members of the Gordon family:

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