Suffolk launches app to explore history of two cemeteries

Posted at 10:19 AM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 16:36:48-04

SUFFOLK, Va. - The Suffolk Parks and Recreation Department has launched a new app, "City of Suffolk Cemeteries" to map the history of two cemeteries in the city.

The app and an associated website maps the Cedar Hill and Holly Lawn Cemeteries with satellite maps and includes memories and histories of people who are buried in them.

The cemeteries are mapped in Google Maps so that a user can navigate directly to a specific grave. Family and friends can also share memories, stories, photos and video that can be submitted through memorial pages on the website.

“We are asking local community members to contribute to this history project. We are welcoming anyone in the community to send us information or pictures of someone buried in our cemeteries,” said Lakita Watson, Director, Suffolk Parks & Recreation “Together, we can collect and preserve the history of our community. Every life story should be remembered.”

Watson added, “Our new mapping and mobile applications are making navigation of the cemeteries so much easier for our visitors and are bringing our history and the memories of our loved ones to life through the memories and photos that are shared. As visitors search our records on our website, they share memories, stories and timeless photos on the memorial pages of their loved ones. Their submissions are published in our mobile app so that the story is geo-referenced to the physical grave space.”

To download the app, search "City of Suffolk Cemeteries" in the app store.