‘Patriotic thing to do’

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Posted: September 4, 2013

The Winchester Star

Barbara Byrd looks over the tombstone of Revolutionary War veteran George Blakemore in a private cemetery on her family’s property near Berryville. She and her husband Harry maintain the graveyard, though they have no relatives buried there. With her is Ralph Pierce, past president of a local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, who wishes more private cemeteries — especially those with graves of Revolutionary War soldiers — were so carefully tended. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
Byrd views gravestones in the Revolutionary War-era cemetery, which may be the largest private cemetery in Clarke County, though no one knows the number of people buried there.

BERRYVLLE — When Ralph Pierce took over the post of grave marker for the Col. James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) several years ago, he...



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