For over half a century, descendants of the families who survived on the frontier of a continent have discovered the Germanna Foundation and found new meaning in understanding the perseverance of those families in nearly three centuries on American soil. A favored way that many members have chosen to honor the memory of family members is through our Memorial Garden.
Colonel John Spotswood, son of Governor Alexander and Lady Spotswood, had grown up at Germanna and was reinterred at the Memorial Garden on June 20, 2002 with a simple but dignified service conducted by Father Charles Syndor of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, where Colonel Spotswood had served on the vestry in the 1750’s. His grave is marked out by an obelisk in the center of the garden.
The open-air roofed cloister provides a shady, protected place for quiet contemplation or ceremonial commemorations. The families of Trustee Dr. Michael Frost and Honorary Trustee Russell Hitt provided the funds to build this structure for the Memorial Garden, which was dedicated during the reunion on July 16, 2010.
The cloister provides shelter to and visual focus for the Memorial Garden Bell, donated by the Brawdus Martin Germanna Visitor Center architect Douglas Harnsberger. The bell had formerly called the faithful to worship at a Roman Catholic church in California, and after being refurbished by McShane Bell Foundry (which manufactured the bell in the early 20th Century), it was dedicated in the Memorial Garden in 2012.
(See photo gallery of the Memorial Garden at the end of this page.)
Engraved Stone Pavers in the Memorial Garden
Some of the people remembered with engraved stone pavers in the Memorial Garden gave their lives in the defense of the United States. Some paver stones were given to celebrate the birth of child. Others to honor a graduation or a retirement. There are even a few family trees in stone, where a visitor can hop from one generation to the next, all the way across the Atlantic Ocean.
If you would like to honor or remember someone in your family in this way, please use the convenient online order form below. Or you may call the Germanna Visitor Center at 540-423-1700, or print and mail in this completed Memorial Garden Order Form. Each engraved paver stone is dedicated at the next Germanna Foundation annual Conference and Reunion.
On Memorial Day 2014, Germanna family members were at the Germanna Foundation Memorial Garden to honor the day and those it commemorates. The President of the Germanna Foundation read a representative selection of names of members of the Armed Forces who risked their lives defending our freedom and are now remembered by the present generation, and Germanna descendants rung the bell that has rung many times now to celebrate and remember.
Photo Gallery of the Germanna Foundation Memorial Garden
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