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the Blandford Cemetery is part of Petersburg, Virginia .

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Blandford Church, 1735

Blandford Church, 1735
Made by John H Bowman
Blandford Church in Petersburg, Virginia, has 15 windows, each designed and made by Louis Comfort Tiffany in the early years of the 20th century, nearly 200 years after the church was first built. In the photo, you can see bars over the windows, and each window also is protected by an outside sheet of plexiglass. Although the plexiglass spoils the view of the windows from the outside, they look glorious inside when the sun comes through them; unfortunately, photos are not allowed inside the old church, but a few photos can be found on line, as can some information about Blandford Church. Blandford Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 (#72001513), and the large cemetery surrounding the church property was added in 1992 (#92001371); the oldest grave in the cemetery is said to be from 1702. Blandford Church is the oldest building in Petersburg; the date on the stone sign on the front of the building (see below) is 1735, but various sources give dates from 1734 to 1737 (perhaps ranging from approval to finished construction). Now T-shaped, the portion on the right is the original structure; with the north wing on the left (and the brick wall surrounding the church yard) completed by 1770, though, the entire structure is quite old. When built, it was known as Bristol Parish Church and was in Blandford, a town later annexed into the city of Petersburg. Abandoned in the early 1800s, the church fared even worse during the Civil War; a fire ignited by Union artillery during the 1864-65 Siege of Petersburg burned out the church's interior. In 1901, the city authoirized the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg to renovate the old church as a Confederate memorial (30,000 Confederate dead from the Siege of Petersburg are buried in the adjacent cemetery, along with casualties from five other wars, among other people). Surprisingly, the exterior walls had remained in generally good shape. Each of the states of the Confederacy placed a Tiffany stained glass window in the church to honor its soldiers, and Tiffany donated the Cross of Jewels window that is set in the west gable (see above), bringing the number of Tiffany windows in the building to 15. Blandford Church is one of the museums operated by the city of Petersburg (The Siege Museum and Centre Hill Museum are the others); tours of the church are conducted on a regular schedule (admission is charged) and there is a gift shop in the visitor center to the north of the church. The objective of the Siege of Petersburg was, of course, Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, north of Petersburg along the Appomattox and James rivers (which come together at Hopewell, a short distance NE of Petersburg). Petersburg National Battlefield occupies a large tract of land south and east of Blandford Church (see map).

Blandford Cemetery

Blandford Cemetery
Made by John H Bowman
This shows a small part of the cemetery adjacent to historic Blandford Church (preceding photo) on South Crater Road (US 460 & 301) in Petersburg, Virginia. We were there Monday, a beautiful but rather cool and breezy day. One reason for this B&W image is that the grass still had a very wintry look, and that is less apparent in B&W -- but I also really like the way the sky and the grave stones show up in B&W. The oldest grave stone in this large cemetery is said to date from 1702; dead from six wars are buried here, including 30,000 Confederate soldiers from the Civil War, but it assuredly is not just a military burial ground. We want to go back and spend more time there when the dogwoods are in bloom. The cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 (#92001371). Best when viewed large, in the light box.

StMatthew

StMatthew
Made by Chris Laforet (Back from Europe)
Pardon this being out of focus. I include it here only for completeness. This is why DIGITAL photography is better than shooting slides...that immediate feedback is great! I hope one day to stop off in Petersburg and reshoot it! Meanwhile, please enjoy the others in the series. This window represents the losses incurred by the state of Florida. The Old Blandford Church in Petersburg, VA was converted into a Confederate Memorial in 1901. The Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg commissioned Louis Comfort Tiffany, the famous glassmaker, to create the stained glass windows for this building. He produced 15 windows, each with his characteristic coloration and depth.

William Mahone

William Mahone
Made by Penfold the Hamster
Grave of William Mahone in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia. Confederate General Willaim Mahone fought at every major battle with the Army of Northern Virginia from Seven Pines to Appomattox. He was wounded at Second Bull Run. He will be best remembered for his part in the Battle of the Crater near Petersburg on 30 July 1864. His troops retook the Confederate Lines after a Union mine exploded a section of earthworks & the Union troops attacked. Born: 1 December 1826 Died: 28 December 1887

LadiesMemorialAssoc

LadiesMemorialAssoc
Made by Chris Laforet (Back from Europe)
This window is for the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg which petitioned for the memorial in this church. The Old Blandford Church in Petersburg, VA was converted into a Confederate Memorial in 1901. The Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg commissioned Louis Comfort Tiffany, the famous glassmaker, to create the stained glass windows for this building. He produced 15 windows, each with his characteristic coloration and depth.

StBartholomew

StBartholomew
Made by Chris Laforet (Back from Europe)
This window represents the losses incurred by the state of North Carolina. The Old Blandford Church in Petersburg, VA was converted into a Confederate Memorial in 1901. The Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg commissioned Louis Comfort Tiffany, the famous glassmaker, to create the stained glass windows for this building. He produced 15 windows, each with his characteristic coloration and depth.

William Phillips

William Phillips
Made by Penfold the Hamster
Unmarked Grave of William Phillips is somewhere in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia. British General William Phillips commanded the Artillery of the British Army in the American Revolution. He died near Petersburg, Virginia & was buried near Blandford Church. The church is located out of frame to the left of the picture. Born: 1731 Died: 13 May 1781

BLANDFORD CHURCH

BLANDFORD CHURCH
Made by SneakinDeacon
The Blandford Church was first known as The Brick Church on Wells Hill. It was built in 1735 and later known as Blandford Church of Bristol Parish. The Parish was founded by Thomas Jefferson's Father, Peter. Be sure to take the tour and see the beautiful Tiffany Windows.

Blandford Cemetery

Blandford Cemetery
Made by Meinvb
A view of Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg Virginia, we didn't look around too much, but near the church there were markers from the early 1700's, and some recentones as well.. usually incorrectly located, but uploaded by Eye-Fi

Joseph Cotten

Joseph Cotten
Made by Penfold the Hamster
Grave of Joseph Cheshire Cotten in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia. Actor Joseph Cotten is best remembered for his roles in Citizen Kane, The Third Man, The Farmer's Daughter, & Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte. Born: 15 May 1905 Died: 6 February 1994

NORA FONTAINE MAURY-DAVIDSON

NORA FONTAINE MAURY-DAVIDSON
Made by SneakinDeacon
The Grave of Nora Fontaine Maury Davidson in Blandford Cemetery. Ms. Davidson was a teacher in a girls school in Petersburg She would bring students to the cemetery to decorated the graves of those who died defending the city in 1864.

MAHONE MAUSOLEUM

MAHONE MAUSOLEUM
Made by SneakinDeacon
The Mahone Mausoleum is the final resting place of General William T. Mahone. General Mahone is known as the Hero of the Battle of the Crater. Following the Civil War he became a successfull business man and served in the U. S. Senate

CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL ARCH

CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL ARCH
Made by SneakinDeacon
The Confederate Memorial Arch at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg marks the entrance to Memorial Hill where som 30,000 Confederate Soldiers are resting. The Memorial Arch was designed by Richard Munden and dedicated in 1913.

CEMETERY ART

CEMETERY ART
Made by SneakinDeacon
The Grave of Kate Compton Dunlop is one of the most expensive monuments in Blandford Cemetery. The statue of Kate that sits atop the monument was sculpted in Italy. The Dunlop Family were owners of the Dunlop Tobacco Factory.

BLANDFORD CHURCH

BLANDFORD CHURCH
Made by SneakinDeacon
The Blandford Church was first known as The Brick Church on Wells Hill. It was built in 1735 and later known as Blandford Church of Bristol Parish. The Parish was founded by Thomas Jefferson's Father, Peter.

Desecrated East View Cemetery, Petersburg Virginia

Desecrated East View Cemetery, Petersburg Virginia
Made by Guardian of the Dead
14 May 2008 pile of coffin hardware (which mysteriously disappeared following an investigation by local media which exposed the desecration and neglect that plagues East View Cemetery)

GENERAL WILLIAM PHILLIPS

GENERAL WILLIAM PHILLIPS
Made by SneakinDeacon
This monument is dedicated to British Revolutionary War General William Phillips who is thought to be buried in Blandford Church Cemetery. His actual grave site is unknown and unmarked

BLANDFORD CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL

BLANDFORD CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL
Made by SneakinDeacon
This Confederate Memorial stands on Memorial Hill in Blandford Cemetery. It erected by the Petersburg Ladies Memorial Association and dedicated in June 1890.

Confederate Memorial

Confederate Memorial
Made by Penfold the Hamster
Confederate memorial in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia. This is a memorial to all the Confederate troops who fought defending Petersburg.

1-18-2008

1-18-2008
Made by Joi High
Close up. Brush and fallen tress in uncared for area. Brush carried through Wilkerson and cared for area of Eastview and placed here.



Nearest places of interest:

Petersburg, Virginia
Appomattox Regional Governor's School for the Arts and Technology
Interstate 95 Exit 50, 51 Interstate 85 Interchange
Walnut Mall
  Petersburg National Battlefield (Eastern Front)
Colonial Harley-Davidson
Interstate 95 Exit 52
Rodeway Inn & Suites

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