One half-mile north, Ivy Hill Cemetery, established in 1887, is the resting place of many prominent local residents including Joseph W. Luter, Sr., Smithfield Packing Company co-founder, and P.D. Gwaltney Jr., founder of Gwaltney Hams. Others buried here include U.S. Congressmen Joel Holleman and Dr. John W. Lawson; Richard Randolph “Dick” Turner, second in command of Richmond’s Libby Prison during the Civil War; leading business and community leaders; and many veterans. The cemetery’s monuments and landscaping make it a fine example of the rural cemetery movement. It was listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
Year On Marker: 2010
Original Sponsor: Mr. Peter Knauth, of Smithfield
Geographic Location: Isle of Wight County
Physical Description of Location: 103-115 Main Street, Smithfield, VA 23430. Marker is on right just prior to intersection with N. Church Street.
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