|Bethel Cemetery (Old)|
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Directions: Heading south on US 11 from Edinburg approx 2.1 miles turn left on Old Bethel Road RT 700, proceed .4 miles turn right on farm lane proceed .2 miles to gate. The cemetery is located on private land about .2miles in the direction of the Shenandoah river.
The cemetery once covered an acre of ground. Today, after years of neglect and the effects of time all the stones have been broken either by fall tree limbs or by something else. The stones have been gathered and stacked in the Wrought Iron encloser that surrounds Jacob Pence's (1881) grave.
REF: Pence's Hill rises gradually towards the northeast a half mile or so from Red Banks. On the summit of Pence's Hill Jacob Pence for many years had a blacksmith shop and a wagon stand. Here was the home of Jacob Pence, blacksmith, who died in 1881 and who was perhaps the last person to be buried in the old graveyard at Bethel, down at the foot of the hill eastward, on the bank of the river. The Downey house, which stands on the summit of Pence's Hill, near the site of Jacob Pence's home, was constructed at least in part, it is said of timbers obtained from the old church at Bethel. It is also said that some of the old church timbers were used in building the Methodist parsonage at Mt. Jackson. REF: Excerpted from John W. Wayland's A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia
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