Virginia’s many small family burial plots on private properties are increasingly endangered — including Rock Hill Cemetery in Loudoun County. The state is trying to slow the trend by offering cemetery preservation workshops. It’s unclear what will happen to Rock Hill after its longtime caretaker, Vernon Peterson, retires or dies.
Vernon Peterson, sitting on the stone wall surrounding Rock Hill Cemetery, has been the caretaker of the all-black burial ground for nearly half of its 122-year existence. Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post Buy Photo