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“Female Stranger and the first National Cemetery in the nation”

Alexandria National Cemetery
Ranked #12 of 93 things to do in Alexandria
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

Very interesting for the history lovers of course, but also interesting for those who love a good unsolved mystery! The Female Stranger is buried here, in the St. Paul's Section; enter from the S. West Street side. Follow the signs and read the love poem and Bible verse etched into the stone. Then notice the "name" at the top. Legend has it, the husband who bought the gravestone for his wife skipped town instead of paying for it! Every once in a while, someone lays a red rose on the grave.

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Reviewed December 18, 2013

All I can say about this place is that it is amazing. Worth taking a few hours to go see. You can stand at any spot on the cemetery and you will be amazed at your surroundings.

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Reviewed December 8, 2013

This was (and always will be) America's first national cemetery. So many dead soldiers had no place to be buried, so this small plot of land was selected for this purpose after the start of the Civil War. Because of it's limited size, it filled up almost immediately, requiring a new site for burials. Arlington Cemetery, whose property was owned at the time by Robert E. Lee, was selected for this purpose.

Alexandria National Cemetery is indeed small and not truly worth a visit unless one is into Civil War history. Even if one visits, as few do, you only need less than 10 minutes to walk the length and breadth of this small cemetery.

2  Thank Anthony-Susan
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

This cemetery often gets confused with Arlington National Cemetery. Most reviews are for Arlington not Alexandria. It still is a nice place to visit but MUCH smaller than Arlington. If you are a history buff you will find it interesting.

2  Thank Gerry D
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

This was one of the first national cemeteries created in the U.S. - older than the larger and much better known Arlington National Cemetery just to the north. Alexandria was home to 26 hospitals during the war, which is why this cemetery is located there. Although small, it neighbors several other cemeteries, most owned by local churches or synagogues. They ranger from a pauper's burial ground with no stones to an affluent Episcopalian cemetery. Together, they offer a good chance to walk around and explore the area's history.

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