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Riverside Memorial Park

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History
Riverside Memorial Park was established by a private company in 1910 in the Campostella Heights area of Norfolk. The City of Norfolk purchased it in 1971. Riverside has a unique design – like the spokes of a wheel extending outward from a central main circle creating pie slice shaped sections. Since 1995, over 200 trees have been planted at Riverside as part of an ongoing urban forestry program thereby contributing to the arboreal ambiance of the park. The Hendricks family owned and operated the cemetery in its early days while operating a monument company on site; thus there are many large family monuments in the older sections of the park. The Langley Angel Monument located in the Magnolia Section is the largest of these.

Riverside was once the home of a large bell tower built in the main circle. The bell would chime when funeral services were conducted and was heard throughout the neighborhood. The US Army used the bell tower as a lookout during WWII as Riverside is one of the highest points in Tidewater. A US Army camp was maintained in the back of the cemetery during that time for the same reason. Unfortunately, the bell tower fell into disrepair and was demolished in the 1970s. The cemetery’s original office, gate and columns were removed in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Riverside has a variety of graves for sale. 


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Interment Information Online
USGenWeb Archives, a cooperative network of volunteers that provides genealogical information on the Internet, has partnered with the Bureau of Cemeteries to provide an interment catalog of Riverside Memorial Park. The Bureau is currently working with Web Cemeteries to implement a web-based cemetery management system to enhance public access to interment information. If you cannot locate an interment, please call 757-441-2654 or email for more information.

Cultural Resource Management
A cultural resource assessment is currently being conducted for Riverside Memorial Park. Volunteers are necessary to assist with this assessment.  If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation website at
www.NorfolkSocietyforCemeteryConservation.org and get involved today!

Norfolk Notables Project
The Norfolk Notables Project began in 2011.  The goal was to gather information on notable individuals interred in Norfolk's historic municipal cemeteries and make it accessible to the public.  Though the project is far from complete, we are excited to announce that thanks to the research efforts of Bureau of Cemeteries interns Oliver Garland and Daniel Hennelly and the generosity of historian Stephen Forrest, information about Riverside Memorial Park Notables 
can be viewed online.  Kudos to Robert Hitchings, Troy Valos, and Bill Inge with the Norfolk Public Library's Sargeant Memorial Collection, City Historian Peggy Haile-McPhillips, Tim Bonney with the Friends of Norfolk's Historic Cemeteries, Donna Bluemink with US GenWeb Archives, and Dr. Thomas Bogger with the Norfolk State University Black History Archives for their considerable contributions to this project.  If you would like to contribute information on a Norfolk Notable, please contact Bobette Nelson at 757-510-5879 or email cemeteries@norfolk.gov.  


Cemetery Events, Volunteer Opportunities, Conservation Information

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