Controversy brewing over burial site in Ballston

A well-known family, who happens to be related to George Washington, is at the center of a controversy in Northern Virginia.

BALLSTON, VA. - A well-known family, who happens to be related to George Washington,  is at the center of a controversy in Northern Virginia.
 
The Central United Methodist Church has filed a permit with the state to relocate the Robert Ball Family Cemetery, located on its property, off of Fairfax Drive. 
 
Robert Ball and his family settled in the area in the 19th century. 
 
There are six headstones and possibly some human remains on the site.  
 
According to the permit, the church has hired an archeological company to transfer the remains in a "decent and respectful manner" to the Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington where other members of the Ball family are buried. 
 
Already, a petition against moving the remains has surfaced online with almost 300 signatures.
 
To view that petition, click here
 
If you want to comment or voice your concerns on the issue, head to the Central United Methodist Church on Friday at 7 p.m. Archeologists and the developer will be there for a public meeting.


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