"Preserving, protecting, & promoting Norfolk's historic cemeteries."

Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation

          Preserving, protecting, & promoting Norfolk's historic cemeteries.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Mar 30 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday, Apr 17 All Day
Friday, May 5 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday, Oct 21 at 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM



New Yellow Fever Memorial at Elmwood Cemetery

On November 9, 2016, NSCC held a ceremony at Elmwood Cemetery to memorialize the victims of the 1855 Yellow Fever Epidemic. For more information about this critical event in our region's history, check out out the feature below.

NSCC in the News

2016 Twilight 5K
Run-Walk Race Participants and Sponsors:

Let's talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs;
Make dust our paper and with rainy eyes
Write sorrow on the bosom of the earth,
Let's choose executors and talk of wills.

William Shakespeare, Richard II

Welcome to NSCC

The mission of the Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation (NSCC) is to preserve, protect and promote the eight historic municipal cemeteries located in Norfolk, Virginia through conservation, education and advocacy. NSCC partners with The City of Norfolk's Bureau of Cemeteries to ensure the conservation & preservation of Norfolk's  eight historic municipal cemeteries. These sacred spaces are valuable artistic, educational, cultural and recreational resources for our community. 

Like Us! Visit Our Facebook Page!

Become a Member

For only $25 per year per person ($15 for students & military with ID), NSCC members receive a NSCC lapel pin, free admission to all tours & the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to conserve Norfolk's historic municipal cemeteries. 

Join us now...it's easy!   Please click on the Donate button below to pay the $25 annual membership fee ($15 students & military with ID) online.    

If you prefer to mail your payment, make check or money order payable to the NSCC & mail to NSCC, P.O. Box 3584, Norfolk, VA 23514-3584. Membership is not processed until payment is received.

The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1855

The steamer Ben Franklin pulled into the Norfolk-Portsmouth harbor on 7 June 1855 on her way to New York from the Virgin Islands, where yellow fever was prevalent. After efforts to quarantine infected crew members failed, cases of the fever appeared along the waterfront in both cities, then quickly spread inland. By August, businesses had closed, church services were suspended, and thousands of residents had fled in a general panic as deaths occurred at the rate of more than 80 per day. Coffins were stacked in the cemeteries with no one to dig the graves, and many victims were buried in mass graves as coffins became scarce. Of those who remained, there would be nearly 3,000 deaths in Norfolk and Portsmouth. The sound of the hearse could be heard rattling through the empty streets night and day. Aid came from around the country in the form of financial and material donations; and doctors, nurses and other volunteers who traveled to the area to help, many succumbing themselves. A Howard Association was formed in Norfolk to set up a temporary hospital, collect money for relief, and establish the Howard Asylum for the scores of children who were orphaned. The fever abated after two hard frosts in October, but Norfolk’s cemeteries still bear silent witness to the Summer of the Pestilence. By Peggy Haile-McPhillips, City Historian

Cedar Grove, West Point & Elmwood Cemeteries

238 E. Princess Anne Road

Norfolk, VA 23510

Join Our Email Distribution List

Thank you for joining the NSCC email distribution list. Most NSCC emails are generated & distributed through Constant Contact from [email protected] so be sure to check your SPAM or Junk mail folders. Emails are generally distributed on a weekly basis.
Oops. An error occurred.
Click here to try again.