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Bones at Evergreen Cemetery

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My wife and I were driving around, exploring the area and just stumbled on the Four Cemeteries at Evergreen, super neat place to drive-through if you’re bored. If I ever saw this place in a movie I’d think, “Real cemeteries never look like that!” before today. The odd 45 degree angled graves poking out from behind trees and wrapped in dried vines, the old and mangled rusted iron fence sections scattered all about, it’s as though it were by design.

While we were scouting around, we found something a little more creepy than expected, a pile of bones in front of a grave!

I’m sure they were just deer bones, and the poor site is just covered with dumped trash by local idiots, so some hunter or kids probably thought it would be funny to dump these here, but it makes for some neat imagery and lets the imagination wander… death cult uprising in Richmond/Henrico, anyone? Or maybe this is some weird tribute ritual that I’m unaware of, any thoughts?

Picture 1: http://i.imgur.com/wD2iHIg.jpg
Picture 2: http://i.imgur.com/VNlbdAp.jpg

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trailortrash
trailortrash
6 years ago

@chpn grewup right up the road from evergreen, explored it lots, there are mausuleums busted open and graves dug up all over the lower part.

Ross Catrow
Ross Catrow
6 years ago

These certainly were not deer bones (circa 2005): http://www.flickr.com/photos/maxpower/63062508/

Dana Bagby
Dana Bagby
6 years ago

WOW!

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Dana Bagby
6 years ago

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Michael Jones
Michael Jones
6 years ago

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JessOfRVA
JessOfRVA
6 years ago

The broken down state of this place is beyond sad. I really need to volunteer and help at the next clean up.

Bill 3
Bill 3
6 years ago

Definitely not deer bones. I thought it was common knowledge this place had fallen into serious disrepair & that many of the graves had been desecrated.

Eric Huffstutler
Eric Huffstutler
6 years ago

I have driven through this a couple of times but haven’t run across bones yet (never ventured out of the car) but human bones are around there. What blows my mind about this acres upon acres, thousands of graves neglected is that no one, city or cemetery association, has stepped in to try and do something about it. Is this privately owned or what is the status today?

JessOfRVA
JessOfRVA
6 years ago

@Eric there’s a volunteer group that regularly gets together monthly, but it’s really challenging to keep beating back the weeds and such AND deal with utter disrepair.

eds
eds
6 years ago

I thought the volunteer group had such problems with the owners they have move to another cemetery. To think the Black community is up in arms over the slave graves in the Bottom but no comment or outrage over the condition of Evergreen.

Brinkley Jones
Brinkley Jones
6 years ago

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paul hammond
paul hammond
6 years ago

Eric/All: The volunteer group meets weekly if not more often and is currently working on the East End Cemetery. They have done a remarkable amount of work in these past few months. Work at Evergreen (last resting place of Maggie Walker and Richmond Planet editor John Mitchell) has stopped due to a dispute with the cemetery owner. Much of the progress made there is being lost to the relentless growth of English Ivy and small trees and brush. You can learn all you want about volunteering at East End, by Friending John Schuck on Facebook. John is the tireless volunteer… Read more »

Eric Huffstutler
Eric Huffstutler
6 years ago

paul hammond… I thought Isaiah Entzminger of UK Corp was wanting help to get the cemetery cleaned up? Why is there a dispute? Yes, 5,000 lots with who knows how many people buried there and in the shape it is in is mind boggling. As soon as volunteers clear one patch it starts growing again. It will take deep pockets and an army of professionals to get it back into shape. There are also interesting back stories about Evergreen – many are horror stories. I am going to see if I can get involved and talk with the owner myself… Read more »

paul hammond
paul hammond
6 years ago

Eric, It will take an army of pros, but I’m enthralled with the spirit of volunteerism when I go. I feel a real connection with the people buried there. Every tombstone tells a story, some literally. It makes me want to travel back in time to meet them. In a way, that’s what it feels like to go there.

Check with John Shuck to get the details on the dispute. It’s a bit more complicated than I can describe.

Here’s a few pictures from my last trip there.

https://www.facebook.com/paul.hammond.754/posts/10202269216763425

Eric Huffstutler
Eric Huffstutler
6 years ago

Paul… I asked John Shuck but he passed it off and told me to ask Veronica Davis. I haven’t heard back from her.

Nundahl
Nundahl
6 years ago

Whoah, this is my post from Reddit, weird to see it show up here.

Nundahl
Nundahl
6 years ago

For any curious, I went back, and they are certainly not human bones. There’s a dog or deer skull with the pile.

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