At a recent walk off Idylwood Road in Falls Church I found a “hidden” old cemetery. It is about 1 acre and is nicely located on a hill and “landlocked” between the Ruckstuhl park and the newer development on Colonel Lindsay Ct. I doubt more than a few of the most immediate neighbors are aware of the graveyard.
Local history is always interesting – it is amazing how quickly those who lived here before us are forgotten. This graveyard appears to have been the family graveyard of the Lindsay family that are original landowners in the area. “The Mount” on adjacent 2312 Colonel Lindsay Court dates back to circa 1766 and is listed as a Fairfax County historic site. The property is currently listed for sale for $725,000 as a short-sale (the listing says the original build date is 1743 – must have been renovated as the home currently has a double garage.)
Fairfax County has a website listing cemeteries (including old family ones) at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/cemeteries/Default.aspx
“This one acre square cemetery was located next to “The Mount,” built by Col. ROBERT LINDSAY. New homes have been built on the surrounding property. A 1975 survey found 14 headstones. A 1989 visit recorded only 13 headstones, two having been installed since 1975. The three oldest stones were no longer on site. On the most recent visit (1994) only 12 headstones were found. The site is marked by six large holly trees and enclosed by a dilapedated wire fence. The iron gate was padlocked. ”
( http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/cemeteries/Cemetery.aspx?number=FX056 )