Seven Pines National Cemetery

Seven Pines National Cemetery is a national cemetery located in the Seven Pines area of the unincorporated town of Sandston in Henrico County, Virginia. Cemetery records state the name is derived from for a group of seven pine trees planted within the national cemetery in 1869 near the intersection of the old Williamsburg-Richmond Stage Road and the Nine Mile Road, however, the name Seven Pines pre-dates the establishment of the cemetery.

Seven Pines National Cemetery
Panoramic view of Seven Pines Battlefield National Cemetery in 1912 photo from U.S. Library of Congress Collection
Location400 E. Williamsburg Rd., Sandston, Virginia
Coordinates37°31′14″N 77°18′06″W
Area1.9 acres (0.77 ha)
Built1866
ArchitectMeigs, Montgomery C.
Architectural styleSecond Empire
MPSCivil War Era National Cemeteries MPS
NRHP reference #95001182[1]
VLR #043-0755
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 26, 1995
Designated VLRAugust 28, 1995[2]

The National Cemetery was established in 1866. Most of the interments are of Union soldiers that were originally hastily buried on the Seven Pines battlefield in makeshift graves. The cemetery's 1.9 acres (0.77 ha) are located near the center of General George B. McClellan's second and main defense line of the May 31, 1862. To help facilitate visitation, an electric street railway was built to the site by a company formed in 1888. The railway has long since been removed and most visitors now park in the cemetery's driveway next to the caretaker's lodge.

Seven Pines National Cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.[3]

References

  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  3. "Seven Pines National Cemetery National Register Nomination" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
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