Historic cemetery rediscovered at Blue Ridge Parkway

In 1892, a plot of land near the existing Blue Ridge Parkway became the final resting place of Samuel Conrad Balsley and Anna Elizabeth Page Balsley . They had lived on a nearby farm and were buried in what had become the family cemetery.

Over the years, however, descendants lost track of the exact spot where the graves were located. And with development of the parkway and nearby Shenandoah National Park in the 1930s, it became even more difficult to pinpoint the cemetery’s location. The families who lived on the mountain were kicked off the land and relocated. And in the process of losing their homes, much of their history was lost with it.

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