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Brooke Cemetery

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1857, John Chislett. 2200 Pleasant Ave.

Brooke Cemetery serves as a fitting finale to Pleasant Avenue, as many of those who formerly inhabited its grand houses now lie buried on its hillside. This is West Virginia's first rural romantic cemetery. Its Pittsburgh designer, John Chislett, had planned that city's Allegheny Cemetery after visiting Mount Auburn in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Laurel Hill in Philadelphia; and Greenwood in New York. In its modest way, Brooke Cemetery is a descendant of those grander models. Its curved drives, laid out to conform to the hillside, created an informal landscape that would, over time, become a necropolis. Patrick Gass, last survivor of the Lewis and Clark expedition (see BR11), and Joseph Doddridge, pioneer West Virginia minister and historian (see the next entry and the introduction to this volume), are among those buried here.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Brooke Cemetery", [Wellsburg, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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