Inside Confederate Section


Requests for new gravemarkers must be made in writing to the Southern Memorial Association:

c/o Old City Cemetery
401 Taylor Street
Lynchburg, VA 24501

The location of a new marker must be confirmed with Cemetery staff before installation.

Marker Specifications:


A new marker must be installed flat on the ground (“ground flush”). It must consist of a bronze plaque mounted on a gray granite base.


The size of the bronze plaque must be either 8 inches by 8 inches, or 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches. The border should be a single line, and the lugs should be concealed (as shown in the pictures below).


The granite base must be 4 inches thick (deep) and 1 inch wider than the bronze plaque on all sides.


The new marker must have a 6-inch-deep foundation of concrete or gravel. The foundation shall not be visible.


A new marker shall be installed at the base of the existing headstone, 6 inches in front of the stone.


The new marker’s inscription must be approved by the SMA in writing.
*Please note that the inscription on a government-issued marker is limited in content and follows a very specific format that cannot be altered.

Your Options…

    1. Order a bronze “niche marker,” free of charge, from the Department of Veterans Affairs:
      Order a 10.5″ x 7.5″ x 4″ granite base, at your expense, from a monument company either in Lynchburg or in your hometown.


    1. Order an 8″ x 8″ bronze marker and 10″ x 10″ x 4″ granite base from a monument company in Lynchburg. Installation is usually included in your estimate.


    1. Order an 8″ x 8″ bronze marker and 10″ x 10″ x 4″ granite base from a monument company in your hometown and have it shipped to the Cemetery for installation. The SMA/Cemetery charges $50 to install a new marker in the Confederate Section.


Not sure whether to order the free VA marker or have your own marker custom-made by a private company?

The difference is in the size of the plaque and its inscription. VA niche markers are about 25% smaller, and their inscriptions follow a very specific format that cannot be altered. For example, a soldier’s place of birth or residence cannot be included on a government-issued marker.

Sample Markers:


Option 1

The Department of Veterans Affairs “Bronze Niche Marker”


Options 2 and 3

The Eight-Inch-Square Bronze Gravemarker

Local Monument Companies Familiar with Our Policies:

The SMA has worked with these two companies before, and both are reputable and professional. They can provide bronze plaques, granite bases, and installation of the finished product.

Baer & Sons Memorials, Inc.
3008 Wards Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502
(434) 239-0551
Toll free: (800) 321-0043
Fax: (434) 239-6251

Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory, Inc.
427 Graves Mill Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502
(434) 239-2405
Toll free: (866) 341-2405
Fax: (434) 239-0784

The Southern Memorial Association will gladly arrange for your marker to be made and installed by a local monument company. There is a $50 fee for this service. If the monument company does not install the marker, add $50 for installation by SMA. For more information please contact:

Southern Memorial Association
c/o Old City Cemetery
401 Taylor Street
Lynchburg, VA 24501

Telephone: (434) 847-1465
Fax: (434) 856-2004

Thank you for your interest!

The Southern Memorial Association is anxious to work with you to preserve the history of the Old City Cemetery and the community it represents.

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Lynchburg, Virginia 24501

Office: (434) 847-1465
Fax: (434) 856-2004
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