CEMETERIES AND HISTORICAL SITES IN AND AROUND
CONKLIN, VIRGINIA (PRESENT DAY SOUTH RIDING).
Tours are organized by the Conklin Project. For questions, contact Larry Roeder.
Edit Date: 3/17/2018 All tours are free or a donation to the Edwin Washington Project.
1) Tour Dates and Flyers. 2) Information on Individual Tour Locations, with maps. 3) Background on Tour Program.
1) Tour Dates and Flyers
Tours are free, though we do encourage donations to the Prosperity Baptist Church and the Edwin Washington Project. To make a donation, write to the Edwin Washington Project, 26128 Talamore Drive, South Riding, Virginia, 20152.
Tours can be done in groups or individually. If a tour guide is requested, contact Larry Roeder at firstname.lastname@example.org/
Cemeteries of South Riding is a guide to the eight cemeteries and other sites seen on the Winter Tour, complete with maps, photos and directions, all useful for self-guided tours.
2) Information On Individual Sites on the Tours
Cage Hutchison Cemetery. Cage Hutchison Cemetery (Stop 7). Across from Little River Elementary School.
Mystery Cemetery. Mystery Cemetery Flyer (Stop 6). Above South Riding Boulevard at the entrance to South Riding. from Highway 50. (Also known as South Riding Cemetery).
Pangle Cemetery. Pangle Cemetery Flyer (Stop 5). Near McDonalds in South Riding.
Poland Cemetery. Poland Cemetery Flyer (Stop 8).
Prosperity Baptist Church Cemetery. PROSPERITY BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY (Can be sued as Tops One or Stop Two)) See also Volume One of the Conklin Village Study. Prosperity is on Braddock Road at the junction of former Elk Lick and Braddock. Elf Lick at this junction is now called First Frost.
Saffer Cemetery SAFFER Cemetery Flyer (Stop 4 ). On Longacre Drive near Freedom High School.
Settle-Dean Cabin, SETTLE-DEAN Cabin Flyer (Stop 3). On Loudoun County Parkway near the junction of Braddock Road.
3) Background on Tour Program
1928 List of Burials at Prosperity Baptist Church 1928 Burial List
Developing a South Riding Graveyard/Local History Committee: The peak for family graveyards on private lands was between 1840 and 1880; then most burials took place at churches, taking advantage of institutions that could afford to provide long-term maintenance. Churches were also desirable, as cemeteries can be an important element in community-building. This became very important as families migrated away from their farms. Private cemeteries were often then neglected and turned “to seed,” which is a dishonor to the dead. The Edwin Washington Project is looking for volunteers to pick up branches and set up signs for the cemeteries. To volunteers, email email@example.com.
The Village of Conklin: This ran along Braddock Road and up Elk Lick. Visit https://conklinproject.wordpress.com/ for multiple history volumes on the village, with photographs and a lot of data about slaves, farmers, soldiers and others who lived here. The project is managed by Larry Roeder and commissioned by the Prosperity Baptist Church and the descendants of former freed-slaves; but the history covers the lives of both Whites and African-Americans.
Cardinal Ridge Elementary on Braddock. There is a volume on the farm which used that space before the modern school was constructed.
Education in Loudoun and the Edwin Washington Project: A research project is documenting all pre-integration “colored” schools. Eventually, the study will also document all “white” schools before integration.
About Field Stones: Field stones could have been used by whites or African-Americans (enslaved or free). The stones (as seen on the Hutchison Cemetery) are generally not marked because they are too hard for most tools. Any marks that might have been made very likely were worn away by the weather, so we often don’t know exactly who was buried on a specific spot.
In addition, in the 19th century literacy was low. In fact, in 1840, most whites in Loudoun were illiterate and until 1870 virtually all African-Americans were illiterate, due to the laws of the time. So, there was often no obvious need to carve names on stones. Further complicating matters, the county government didn’t record burials on private land. Another reason for field stones could be poverty. Our part of Loudoun catered mostly to subsistence farmers with little income, so the estate of a highly literate farmer like Hampton Brewer (see Brewer Cemetery) might not have enough funds to buy marble and hire a stone mason.