Ghosts in the Graveyard LbNA # 65785
|Placed Date||Sep 10 2013|
|Location||Old Town, Alexandria, VA|
|Last Found||Aug 14 2015|
|Last Edited||Nov 6 2015|
All boxes are present and accounted for. Enjoy.
This series covers all four historic churchyards in Old Town. Addresses and a brief historic writeup for each can be found here. Because these are highly visible locations, please be extra sneaky. Also, you'll need a trowel.
(There's only a log book at the last box. The rest are just stamps. When you sign the log, let us know if you were able to find them all.)
Quaker Burial Ground:
Now the Kate Waller Barret Library, this is the final resting place of Elisha Dick, the only doctor attending George Washington's death who actually had sound advice (stop bleeding him dry).
Walk up the steps past Elisha's marking stone and sit on the low stone wall at the edge of the bushes to the right. You'll find a tool of the doctors trade under a small slate marker.
Before he died of massive blood loss, General Washington could often be found attending services at Christ Church. This Episcopal Church would later be frequented by Bobby Lee and eventually become a mass grave for 34 Confederate Prisoners of War. Enter through the East gate and walk toward Henry Hamill Fowler's headstone (US Sec. Treas.) and then find a bench on some bricks. When seated, George Washington's favorite fashion accessory is under a loose brick on your right side.
Old Presbyterian Meeting House:
Many of the founders and first leaders of Alexandria are under the grass behind this traditional wooden meeting house. Also buried here are James Craik, one of the surgeons that bled poor Washington dry (the bastard!) and an unknown soldier of the Revolution.
When facing the front of the building, along the brick wall on the right, behind some ivy that you can reach while standing on the sidewalk is the flag that soldier fought to establish.
St. Mary's Catholic Church:
In this oldest of Virginia's Catholic cemeteries, you won't find more of those responsible for George's sad, sad fate. You will, however, find headstones belonging to citizens of Alexandria dating from 1795 to the present. Near the center of the cemetery, at the corner of two paths lies Rev. Stephens. Find the reverend's nemesis inside the right bush flanking his headstone (be gentle).