Norfolk Society for
Cemetery Conservation
Preserving, Protecting & Promoting
Norfolk's Historic Cemeteries

Register online  here

Online Registration closes Friday, 10-19-18 at 9 p.m.  Event registration fee includes a finisher medal for each participant, race shirt, after race brown bag with water, banana and pretzels and unlimited water and Coca-Cola.  
Now until 10-12-18. Adults-$25; Children-$15 
Returning workday volunteers - Mike Frost, Cindy Meier, John Murray, John Oakes, Bob Woolfitt, and Terry and Peter Zawacki

New workday volunteers -  Liz and Rob Becker, Peggy Byran, Carrie Carrigan, Betty Martin, Lakia Matthews, NSA HR Chief Selectees, Noelle Perdue, Lori Sherwod, and John Stanton.

Hebrew Cemetery was established in 1850 when prominent Jewish families purchased a rectangular plot fronting Princess Anne Road and extending northeastward. At some point, the surviving graves from Tidewater's first Jewish burial ground, Powder Point Cemetery in Berkeley, were transferred to this land. There was considerable conflict from 1859 to 1880 as to which Jewish congregation rightfully owned the cemetery. The issue was resolved in 1880 with the creation of the Hebrew Cemetery Company. This arrangement lasted until 1957 when the City of Norfolk agreed to add Hebrew Cemetery to its roster of burial grounds. Hebrew Cemetery's epitaphs clearly show the origins and development of Norfolk's Jewish community. The Myers and Nones graves, transferred from Powder Point, are those of second generation Americans whose families came from Holland and France in Colonial times. The bulk of the nineteenth century burials were people of German origin. There are also Russian interments from the 1880s following the outbreak of pogroms in that part of the world and the subsequent immigration of Jews to our shores.
Norfolk Notables tour
Elmwood Cemetery, 238 E. Princess Anne Rd.
September 21, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Join tour guide,Shannon Stafford as he explores the significance of historic Elmwood Cemetery, and discover the history of Norfolk's men and women who helped to build Norfolk into the great city it is today! 

 Series of Unfortunate Deaths tour
Cedar Grove Cemetery, 238 E. Princess Anne Rd.
October 6, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
What enigmas lay at rest amidst the grounds of Cedar Grove, Virginia's oldest public cemetery? Tales of bizarre deaths that lay deep within span the last 200 years. Join tour guide, Shannon Stafford and spend an autumn afternoon exploring these long-lost stories. Suggested donation of $5 goes to conservation goals.
History, Mystery, Mayhem & Murder
Elmwood Cemetery, 238 E. Princess Anne Rd.
October 12, 19, 26, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Uncover Norfolk’s dark side of historic Elmwood Cemetery. Learn where the bodies are buried. Resurrecting forgotten tales of crime & chaos. Discover Norfolk’s link to the world’s most notorious murderers. Explore hauntingly beautiful memorial art & architecture with tour guide and historian, Robert Hitchings.
NSCC on the Hampton Roads Show!
Thanks to WAVY TV 10 and the Hampton Roads show for having us on-air, July 5th to promote our cemetery tours and our mission! Front row: Terry Zawacki, Cindy Meier, Susan Platt, Cheryl Copper, Diana Ramsey. Back row: co-hosts Chris Reckling and Jen Lewis, Mike Frost, Andrew Roberts, Bob Woofitt, and David Cacace.

We are appearing on the Hampton Roads Show on September 20th! We are looking for people to support us by simply sitting in the audience. The time commitment is from 9-10:30 am. Email Susan Platt at or call her at 757-441-2756.

The 9/20 show will air from 11am to 12pm on WAVY-TV 10 and from 1pm to 2pm on WVBT FOX 43. 
Bureau News
Susan Platt, is the new Public Information Specialist for the Norfolk Bureau of Cemeteries and started on 4/16/18. She is shown above at the dedication with board members Mike Frost and John Murray. She works with NSCC and has proven to be a real asset exhibiting lots of enthusiasm. Welcome Susan!
Shannon Stafford
Shannon Stafford graduated in 1999 from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Anthropology/Archaeol-ogy as well as a Bachelors of Arts degree in Russian History. For the past 10 years, he has led tours in four cemeteries in Toronto, Ontario Canada, to include Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto Necropolis, St James Cemetery and Prospect Cemetery.   More about Shannon
Mike Frost
NSCC Board Member
Mike Frost will be your guide for the tour of Cedar Grove Ceme-tery. You will learn the history of the city’s oldest municipal ceme-tery, which was established in 1825, including why it is located where it is and why it was established. In addition, you will learn about the burial practices of the period and about some of the prominent individuals who are interred there. More about Mike
Robert Hitchings
NSCC Advisor
A Norfolk native, 7th generation from this area and 12 generations here in Virginia. He grew up in the Edgewater/Larchmont area of Norfolk, Rolfe Avenue. Robert graduated from Maury High School 1968 and attended Old Dominion University, associates in Biology & Environmental Major.
For 25 years he was a laboratory Technician. with Norfolk’s Utilities Water Department. More about Robert
Monument membership :
David Sullivan

Headstone membership
Bobette Nelson

Footstone memberships :
Roland Vaults 
Andra English
John and Jane Oakes 
Jim Ramsey
Diana Ramsey
Cindy Meier
Richard Gresham
Want to know more about the NSCC?
Is your civic league, historical society, or any other group interested in a speaker for your upcoming meeting? if so, please contact Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation
at 757-619-0540.  NSCC has a number of members knowledgeable about Norfolk’s historical cemeteries,
the history of the City of Norfolk, and related topics.
The mission of the Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation (NSCC) is to preserve, protect and promote the eight historic municipal cemeteries located in Norfolk, Virginia through conservation, education and advocacy. NSCC partners with The City of Norfolk's Bureau of Cemeteries to ensure the conservation & preservation of Norfolk's eight historic municipal cemeteries. These sacred spaces are valuable artistic, educational, cultural and recreational resources for our community
Board of Directors
Diana Ramsey, President
David Cacace, Vice President
John Cameron, Treasurer
Mike Frost, Secretary
Donna Bluemink
Cindy Meier
John Murray
Jim Ramsey
Andrew Roberts

John Dill,  Chief Conservator
Robert Hitchings,  Advisor
David Sullivan,  Advisor

P. O. Box 11446
Norfolk, VA 23517
Administrative Staff
Norfolk Bureau of Cemeteries
Ted Dudley, Bureau Manager
John Dill, Chief Conservator
Susan Platt, Public Information Specialist II
Pat Rowsey, Administrative Technician
238 E. Princess Anne Road
Norfolk, VA 23510