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“Historical old cemetery and church”

Blandford Church and Cemetery
Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 August 2014

The Blandford Church and Cemetery holds a lot of history throughout its grounds. The church itself was built back in 1737, however was in ruins by the time that the US Civil War began. The cemetery and church grounds were used as both a field hospital by the Confederates during the siege on Petersburg and as a staging ground for Confederate counterattacks after the Battle of the Crater in July 1864. I was there on a Sunday morning during the 150th Anniversary activities for the Battle of the Crater, however was unable to go inside the church itself. For some reason it was closed every Sunday during the month of August even when there were special events going on.

You can either walk through the cemetery or drive along the various roads. I found walking the better option as you can better observe the grounds and tombstones. Given the cemetery's age you will find graves from the mid 1700s until recent times. The graves that surround the church are some of the oldest, including one of a British General who died during the American Revolutionary War. Overall there are around 30,000 Confederate soldiers buried at the cemetery, with most of them unknown buried in mass graves.

The centerpiece of the Confederate memorial section is through a bridge where you enter to find several monuments and ornamental graves. There are markers dedicated to each of the Confederate States where the dead are buried along the outer edges of this area. In the center is a large statue of a Confederate infantryman. There seemed to be no pattern to how the cemetery was laid out, so it was somewhat confusing to where the remaining graves are located. I never found all three of the Confederate generals buried at the cemetery. There are a few Union soldiers buried at the cemetery as well.

Overall the Blandford Church and Cemetery provides a nice place to observe history and pay respects to the fallen. I would check beforehand to see if the church is open so you can enjoy the stain glassed windows from the inside.

Thank wbullseye
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Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

What a beautiful peaceful building with fascinating history. The Tiffany windows are absolutely gorgeous & each has it's own story to tell. Our tour guide was passionate and knowledgeable so you won't be disappointed. Cemetery is jam packed w/ history as well my family of five enjoyed visit.

Thank Katie E
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

The church was built in the 18th century, abandoned in the 19th, and turned into a Confederate Memorial in the early 20th. The tiffany stained glass windows with pictures of the saints (installed early 20th C.) is worth the trip to Petersburg alone.

Thank Fsmith58
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

I believe the church was built in 1735. You should definitely take the time to visit if only to see the Tiffany windows. A sunny afternoon is the best time to experience he tour of the church. The tour was short and you could not take pictures inside. Some interesting stories about the states and about what Tiffany did to help make it possible for the windows to be purchased. Take a stroll through the cemetary also to see some of the old markers. The staff in the reception building are very friendly and helpful.

Thank fchsco80
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

The windows of this church, originally Episcopalian, currently non-denominational, were designed by Louis Tiffany to commemorate the the dead of the southern states participating in the Civil War.
Tiffany was given 'carte blanche.' His 'decorative' theme is carried out in each of the windows..being designed by him..at the same time..this is most often NOT the case. Women's groups from the states raised the monies to pay for the windows.. for which Tiffany charged 'half his usual price.' The seal of each state is incorporated into each window and a 'saying' commemorating the dead. The cemetary foundation gives a tour..and one may drive through the cemetery.

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