Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex
In 1804, the Alexandria Common Council passed a local ordnance that prevented any further creation of cemeteries within the (then) city limits. As a result, local churches organized and established the land previously known as Spring Hill Garden as the desired location for all future burial grounds. Today, the Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex is a conglomeration of 13 cemeteries including the Alexandria National Cemetery.
At present, five of the 13 cemeteries have known 40 burials of Patriots who participated in or supported the cause for America's Independence, including officers and soldiers of the state militia and the Continental Army, naval officers and sailors of the Continental Navy, honorary pallbearers and close friends of George Washington, and a Boston Tea Party participant, amongst those honored.