Our area’s historical society wants you to check out the local graveyards. A co-founder of the fabled Pony Express is buried in Charlottesville’s Maplewood Cemetery. Benjamin Franklin Ficklin was an Albemarle County native who got kicked out of VMI during the 1840’s, after he painted zebra stripes on the superintendent’s house. Ficklin gained fame as a blockade runner during the Civil War, and briefly owned Monticello. Steve Meeks of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society says Ficklin died tragically in March 1871. He choked on a fish bone at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. Ficklin is buried near one of the city’s best known natives, Paul Goodloe McIntire. Maplewood Cemetery (pictured during a 2008 event) is also the final resting place for Shelton Farrar Leake, the first Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.
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