When developers starting moving the dirt for new developments in Woodbrdge VA they often find a historic site or cemetery hidden on the land. The Hope Hill Community off of Spriggs Road being developed by Stanley Martin has one of those historic cemeteries in the center of the community.
The Maddox-Scott Cemetery has aproximately 33 graves surrounded by a wrought iron fence. Eight of the graves have readable headstones, obviously old and a few are lying on the ground broken. The headstones show the burials between 1826-1857. The homestead was owned at one time by Rev. James Scott who was the First Rector of the Church of Quantico in Dumfries VA and was called Sunnyside.
The land that made up the Sunnside was deeded by Lord George the Second in 1712 for "Yelding and paying therefore the yearly rent of one ear of Indian corn at the Feast of Saint Michael, the Archangel.” At the time the road that ran in front of the property was one of the main roads between Dumfries VA and Occoquan VA.
If you take a close look around the Nothern Virginia area you will find more than one of these older cemeteries in locations you might not think of. It gives you a great chance to look back at the history of the families in the area before modern roads and neighborhoods were built.
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