Elk Run Cemetery
Cemetery Director | Charlotte Shifflett
Have you considered purchasing your burial plots in advance? This is a hard process for loved ones to cope with when someone passes away unexpectedly. If you purchase a space at the current rate of $600.00 you won't need to worry about a price increase in the future.
In addition, when a burial occurs the Town of Elkton charges a minimal $400.00 fee to mark, open and close the burial space. This fee is not payable in advance since no procedure has been initiated to control the collection of money. Shortly, after burial occurs the flowers will be removed by the town and the space will be leveled and seeded. You will have the option to purchase and place a stone of your selection on your plot at any time.
The Elk Run is well maintained all year round. Our courteous, knowledgeable staff is available from 8:30am thru 4:30pm daily and welcome your concerns. You may call the office at 540-713-4062 and request to speak to Charlotte Shifflett, Director.
ELK RUN CEMETERY
During the year of 2014 some exciting revisions occurred in the cemetery. As most local residents are aware there is a portion of the cemetery dedicated to a section known as “Dollar Graves”. Unfortunately, very few names of the people buried there are actually listed in any existing records.
During the years numerous discussions have been held but no action was taken to pinpoint the exact locations of the burial spaces. Kevin Whitfield, current Town Manager for the Town of Elkton took matters into his own hands and engaged a company to come to Elkton with ground penetrating radar and identify the unknown graves. This action was justified by the fact it is the respectful to acknowledge that these ancestors were someone’s family and they were loved. The second justification was no sales were occurring in the old section due to the fact no one could be sure where interments had taken place.
Each previous Cemetery Director was always told by “word of mouth” that the existing map for the old sections in Elk Run cemetery were not correct. Mr. Whitfield took action and engaged David Ingram to survey Sections 5, 6 and 7. It was found that many burials had occurred in intended pathways and even in old roadways which were never constructed. This action freed up many more spaces available for sale in the future.
Last but not least the final project is now an ongoing process. One hundred, forty two spaces were identified as “unknown”. They may be “unknown” but be assured they are not forgotten! Each grave has been marked, or will be marked at the completion of the project, with its’ very own stone which reads “Unknown”. Many donors have come forward and made contributions in memory of a loved one. Although, without DNA samples we cannot identify each individual, please know their legacy lives on for many generations to come.
Obviously, a new map will be posted on the website and updates completed in our files to reflect the correct mapping numbers. Call the Cemetery Director at 540-713-4062 to make inquires, share or correct information, and donate a stone to be placed in memory of a loved one. The cost of each stone being placed is $30.00.
In the early 1800’s the eastern half of the present day Elkton was known as the Elk Run community, taking it’s name from the creek that flowed from Blue Ridge Mountains through the community, into Elkton and eventually into the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.
Residents of Elk Run and the surrounding area held a meeting September 8, 1821, for the purpose of finding a suitable location for a meeting house, a school house and a burial ground. The sight selected –where Elk run now exists-was along the main road from Swift Run Gap to Elkton, a combination of what is now Tanyard Bridge Rd. and Spotswood Avenue.
On March 21, 1822 the 30 X 60 foot meeting house, constructed of hand hewn timbers, was completed by Henry Monger, Jr. at a cost of $160.00. The building which contained a center divider to separate the men’s and women’s sides , had two entry doors in front-one for the women’s side and one for the men’s (evident in the turn –of- the- century photographs, which shows the building after clap board siding had been installed. A balcony was built in the rear of the facility, then known as Elk Run Liberty Meeting House.
Initially, the building was used mainly by the Methodist as a church, but other denominations used the building. Eventually, other Protestant congregations built their own churches, and when the United Brethren built its church in 1910, the meeting house was dismantled.
During the dismantling of the meeting house an inscription was found on one of the door facings which read “Davis B. Ingrain born Feb. 12, 1825. At Elkton Run Church Dec. 1865 guarding prisoners.
During the Civil War, the building was used several times to house prisoners. Confederate troops under Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Thomas Ewell had camp.
Much of the materials from the dismantled structure were used to erect a home for the cemetery’s caretaker on the northeast corner of the intersection of Newtown Road and East Spotswood Avenue. The building stood until it was razed to make room for the widening of Newtown Road.
Just to the northeast of where the meeting house originally stood, a school house, known as Elk run Academy, was built shortly after the meeting house. In 1912, it too was razed, and some of the old building materials were used in construction of the Elkton Restaurant in 1913 at the corner of Terrace Avenue and Spotswood Trail, but that’s another story.