The Davies Legacy

Many of the lovely monuments you see in Shockoe Hill Cemetery and elsewhere in Virginia were the product of John Woodburn Davies (1818-1883) and his company. The carved identifier "J. W. Davies" usually appears in a lower corner of his markers, as shown in the photo of William N. Adams' marker at Shockoe Hill.

Davies' shop was prominently located at the southwest corner of Main and 12th streets in downtown Richmond, where the Golden Convenience Center now sits. He was active in the marker business from 1850 to 1864, after which he shifted his focus to music publishing and photography.