Elmwood Cemetery (Norfolk, Virginia)

Elmwood Cemetery is a historic municipal cemetery located at Norfolk, Virginia. It was established in 1853, and is filled with monuments and mausoleums that embody the pathos and symbolism of the Christian view of death as a temporary sleep. A notable monument is the Recording Angel by William Couper (1853–1942) at the Couper Family plot. The Core Mausoleum (1910–1915) designed by Harold Van Buren Magonigle (1867–1935), with sculptures by Edward Field Sanford, Jr. (1886–1951), is another notable resource.[3]

Elmwood Cemetery
L.E. Lewis mauseoleum at Elmwood Cemetery.jpg
Mausoleum in the southwestern quadrant
Elmwood Cemetery (Norfolk, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Elmwood Cemetery (Norfolk, Virginia)
Elmwood Cemetery (Norfolk, Virginia) is located in the United States
Elmwood Cemetery (Norfolk, Virginia)
Location238 E. Princess Anne Rd., Norfolk, Virginia
Coordinates36°51′42″N 76°16′57″W / 36.86167°N 76.28250°W / 36.86167; -76.28250Coordinates: 36°51′42″N 76°16′57″W / 36.86167°N 76.28250°W / 36.86167; -76.28250
Area50 acres (20 ha)
Built1853 (1853)
ArchitectJohn Deiterich Couper; William Couper; Edward Field Sandford, Jr.; Harold Van Buren Magonigle; Wickham C. Taylor; Clarence C. Meakin
Architectural styleGreek Revival, Gothic Revival, Exotic Revival
NRHP reference No.13000643[1]
VLR No.122-0116
Significant dates
Added to NRHPAugust 27, 2013
Designated VLRJune 19, 2013[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.[1] It is contiguous with West Point Cemetery, listed in 2007.

Notable burialsEdit

  • Willie Coffman (1865 - 1869) was a blind toddler pianist that toured the east coast before passing from malaria.
  • Sarah Lee Odend'hal Fain (1888–1962) was a schoolteacher and politician from Virginia. With Helen Timmons Henderson, in 1923 she was one of the first two women elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, and to the Virginia General Assembly as a whole. She is buried next to her husband, Walter Colquitt Fain (1888–1974).
  • Vice Admiral Albert Weston Grant (1856–1930) was a naval officer who served during the Spanish–American War and World War I
  • Hugh Blair Grigsby (1806–1881) was a historian and author, and owner and editor of Norfolk's American Beacon newspaper.
  • Robert M. Hughes (1855–1940) was a Virginia lawmaker who served as a president of The Virginia Bar Association and helped to establish what would become Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • William Lamb (1835–1909), Confederate Army Officer, Mayor of Norfolk
  • Charles G. Pickett (1840–1899) Assistant Adjutant General of "Pickett's Division" CSA. Brother of Major General George E. Pickett, CSA.
  • William Sloane (1867–1940) and Florence Knapp Sloane (1873–1953) were the driving force behind the Norfolk Museum of Arts & Sciences, now known as the Chrysler Museum of Art.
  • Colonel Walter H. Taylor (1838–1916) was an American banker, lawyer, soldier, politician, author and railroad executive.
  • Governor Littleton Waller Tazewell, Sr. (1774–1860) was a US Senator and 26th Governor of Virginia.


  1. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 8/23/13 through 8/30/13. National Park Service. 2013-09-06.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. ^ Tim Bonney (March 2013). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Elmwood Cemetery" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. and Accompanying five photos