The Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery on South Main street in Lexington, VA is a quiet, beautiful and historic place.
Lexington, nestled in the Shenandoah Valley is rife with Civil War history.
It is full of ghost stories, sightings, and other such stuff.
The cemetery created shortly after the city was founded in 1778, was renamed for the fallen Confederate General when he was buried there after he died at the Battle of Chancellorsville.
The Cemetery contains, along with Jackson Family which includes his first and second wives and his two children, a long list of Confederate dead.
John White Brockenbrough (1806-1870): Federal judge, Confederate Congressman, founder of the School of Law at Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), John Mercer Brooke (1826-1906): Sailor, engineer, inventor, commander in the Confederate States Navy, William Gilham (1818-1872): VMI instructor, Confederate Army colonel, George Junkin (1790-1868), Presbyterian minister and educator, President of Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), father of Elinor Junkin Jackson. Junkin’s burial there is surprising, he left Virginia when the war started, rubbed the Virginia dust from his carriage, and went on to teach at Ohio’s Miami University.
Others include, Edwin Gray Lee (1836-1870): Confederate Army general, member of Jackson’s staff, John Letcher (1813-1884): Confederate Governor of Virginia (1860-1864), Elisha Franklin Paxton (1828-1863): Confederate Army general, commander of the Stonewall Brigade, killed at Chancellorsville. Alexander Swift “Sandie” Pendleton (1840-1864): Confederate Army lieutenant colonel, member of Jackson’s, Ewell’s and Early’s staffs, killed at Fisher’s Hill, William Nelson Pendleton (1809-1883): Episcopal priest, Confederate Army brigadier general, chief of artillery, and father of Sandie Pendleton, Margaret Junkin Preston (1820-1897): “Poet Laureate of the Confederacy”, daughter of George Junkin, Scott Shipp (1839-1917): Commandant of the VMI Corps of Cadets at the Battle of New Market and second superintendent of VMI, Francis Henney Smith (1812-1890): First superintendent of VMI, Confederate Army colonel, Virginia militia major general, are all there.
Many say some of them haunt the city.
Although founded much earlier, due to rebuilding after the war, Lexington is a beautiful Victorian city, and perfect for a ghost tour.
Visitors are lead in groups through the darkened streets and alleyways, winding UP at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery for a what turns out to be a unique experience. Tourists and locals can walk through dark streets and alley ways in the very footsteps of Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and his beloved horse, Traveler, as the tour guide tells entertaining and eerie tales.
Entertainment is the key in this event, and every guest is left with a sense of awe.
Tours run through from June through Labor Day Weekend.