Genealogy and Cemeteries

Genealogy

Henrico County Hints for Growing Your Family Tree
Civil War Service Member research guide

Henrico Public County Libraries

Library cardholders can access a free genealogical research database via HCPL

Henrico County Historical Society

Discovers, collects, and disseminates historical information pertaining to Henrico

Links
Basic information

Library of Virginia

 


Public Cemeteries

Sheppard Cemetery

sheppard cemetery

Location Hours

Crump Park:
Grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk.

Meadow Farm Museum:
Historic Farmhouse, Orientation Center & Out Buildings.
March-November: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-4pm
December-February*: Saturday & Sunday, Noon-4pm
*Closed first two weeks of January

This site is a popular place for visitors and includes Crump Park, Meadow Farm Museum, and RF&P Park. Crump Park features playgrounds, picnic shelters, trails, large open fields, and a fishing pond.

Meadow Farm Museum, an 1860 living history farm site and museum, presents programs and exhibits on the culture of the rural South. Costumed interpreters provide insight into the lives of Dr. John Mosby Sheppard, the owner of Meadow Farm, and his family. On selected weekends, they demonstrate seasonal activities in the farmhouse, barn, doctor’s office, blacksmith forge, kitchen, fields, and pastures. Visitors can also stop by Meadow Farm’s Gift Shop for a variety of items.

 

 

Walkerton Tavern Cemetery

walkerton tavern

Location Hours

Monday-Friday: 8am-4:30pm

Rental & Program Hours
Monday-Saturday: 8am-10pm
Sunday: 1-8pm

This restored 1825 historic tavern serves as a facility for programs and special events. The building, gazebo, and garden area are available for private rental. Walkerton Tavern is a unique facility perfect for everything from a business meeting or retreat, to an afternoon reception with your friends or serving as the backdrop for a beautiful wedding. Walkerton Tavern is located in the historic Mountain Road corridor. A variety of classes and events are offered for both children and adults throughout the year. Parking for programs and events at Walkerton Tavern is available in the parking lot shared with The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The Tavern, constructed in 1825 for John Walker, served travelers along Mountain Road. It is architecturally notable for its hinged, swinging, two-segment partition that was used to enlarge an upstairs room to accommodate guests. From 1857 to 1941, Walkerton was the home of the Hopkins family. The Bowles family purchased the home in 1941 and sold it to S. Douglas Fleet in 1986. Mr. Fleet sold the property to Henrico County who opened it to the public in 2005. National Register Historic Site.

 

 

Virginia Randolph Museum Cemetery

Virginia Randolph

Location Hours

Monday-Friday by appointment
Sundays: 1-4pm

This brick structure built in 1937 was the home economics cottage for the Virginia Randolph Education Center. It is now a museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the renowned Henrico County educator Virginia E. Randolph. Virginia Randolph, an innovative African-American educator in vocational training, kept an office in this building during the latter part of her life. Miss Randolph died in 1958 and is buried on the grounds. In 1970, this structure was dedicated as a museum in honor of Miss Randolph and is a National Register Landmark.


 

Private Cemetery

Regulation

Governance of private cemeteries is primarily a state function. Regulation is handled by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, specifically the Cemetery Board.

 

Volunteer opportunities

Numerous faith-based and civic organizations volunteer their time to help maintain and preserve historical landmarks, such as cemeteries.