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Custis Tombs

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c. 1750. VA 644, 2.1 miles west from U.S. 13
  • Custis Tombs, with detail of carving

One of the most important examples of colonial funerary art, the site is owned by the APVA. The carving on the tomb of John Custis IV, including the family coat of arms, drapery, and a skull, was executed in London by one William Colley of Fenn Church Street. The tombs are near the site of the Custis family home, Arlington, after which George Washington named a plantation he owned in Fairfax County, which later became the site of Arlington House and Arlington Cemetery.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Custis Tombs", [Cape Charles, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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