|The cemetery for indigents under construction in Lincolnia. The existing graves are in the background.|
The cemetery for indigents under construction at 6217 Lincolnia Road is expected to be completed by the end of June or early July, says Ken Lim of the Construction Management division in the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services.
The cemetery is needed because the Fairfax County’s existing cemetery for indigents on Jermantown Road is totally filled. The county has had to purchase private sites for burials until the new cemetery is available.
Antley estimates there will be about 25 burials there annually. “Burials will be for individuals where there are no other plans for disposition,” she said. In FY 2013, the Department of Family Services assisted with 27 cremations and 24 burials. Generally, family members claim the cremains.
Existing graves on part of the property known as St. Paul’s Episcopal Cemetery are not being disturbed. There are about 74 graves there, the oldest dating from 1903. Those graves are being fenced off from the new ones.The church building on that site was destroyed in the 1940s.
Several trees were removed to provide space for the new graves, Lim said. The site will have about six or seven parking spots. There will be a metal fence in front, but no sign.