From a Burying Ground to a Park

From a Burying Ground to a Park (HM7D1)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Country: United States of America

N 38° 18.106', W 77° 27.776'

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In 1774, St. George's Parish purchased the land around you for a cemetery. Following the American Revolution and disestablishment of the Anglican Church in Virginia, the Fredericksburg government appropriated this land for a public burying ground. The western lot line of the cemetery, marked by a brick wall, is visible to your right.

In 1875, the town council decided to convert the increasingly neglected grounds into a park and directed the removal of headstones and graves to other cemeterires. The new park opened July 12, 1881, named in honor of prominent local businessman John G. Hurkamp.

In 1860, St. George's Church had petitioned the Council to investigate its claim to the property, but the Civil War interrupted this process. The issue resurfaced in 1953, when the Rescue Squad sought to lease a portion of the park. By then, public usage over several generations had established legal ownership. Hurkamp Park remains public.
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HM NumberHM7D1
Placed ByThe City of Fredericksburg, Virginia
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284634 N 4242167
Decimal Degrees38.30176667, -77.46293333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.106', W 77° 27.776'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 6.36" N, 77° 27' 46.56" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 900-998 Prince Edward St, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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