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Rural Retreat, Virginia: Grave of Doctor Pepper

He had no role in the creation of the soft drink, but its inventor named it in his honor.

Mountain View Cemetery

Mountain View Ave., Rural Retreat, VA
Mountain View Cemetery, southwest edge of town. I-81 exit 60, south on Hwy 90/Main St. through town, then turn right onto Mountain View Ave. In the cemetery, start at flag, go around the u-shaped drive. Near the big "Pepper" headstone on your left is his 4-sided obelisk about 15 ft. off the road.
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Grave of Doctor Pepper.

Grave of Doctor Pepper

As a Dr Pepper fanatic (actively drinking it when I saw this attraction was on my route), I just had to go. The Pepper obelisk was fairly easy to find, right off the back of the second U from Main Street. The scenery and upkeep around the cemetery was beautiful, and it has some other interesting headstones. Also worth stopping by the Amish store just a couple miles away for some great ice cream and bakery items.

[Morgan, 08/22/2021]

Grave of Dr Pepper.

Grave of Doctor Pepper

A great detour! The cemetery itself is absolutely beautiful, especially at dusk, and Dr. Pepper is sure to impress! And his grave is easy to locate.

[Caitlin G., 07/11/2012]
Dr. Pepper's Grave

I visited the grave of Dr. Pepper. There are several Pepper markers, which makes one think of the theme song "He's a Pepper, she's a Pepper, wouldn't you like to be a Pepper, too?"

Turn into the entrance closest to flagpole. After about 70 feet, the road turns sharply left. Another 70 feet later, the marker will be on your left, about 10 or 15 feet off the road. Another Pepper marker is right beside the road.

[Mark Turner, 11/12/2011]

Pepper grave.

Grave of Dr Pepper

We didn't know where the grave was in the cemetery and it took some time to search. If you start at the flag and go around the u-shaped drive you'll see it on your left. Near the big "Pepper" headstone is a four-sided column. The Dr. Charles T. Pepper marker is on that column.

[Carrie R., 07/31/2008]

Grave of Dr Pepper.

Grave of Doctor Pepper

I have been told that the druggist in the town of Rural Retreat, VA was in love with the local doctor's daughter. The Doc did not care much for the young man and he was not allowed to see the young woman. Dejected, so the story goes, he moved to Texas and developed a carbonated drink he named Dr. Pepper for his lost love's father. I have been shown a grave that the locals said was the grave of the doctor in question. Have you any idea if this story has any validity?

[Richard Jordan, 07/16/2004]

The grave of a pharmacist, Dr. Charles Taylor Pepper, is in the town cemetery, and he was the inspiration for the soft drink's name. Charles Alderton invented and patented the Dr Pepper carbonated drink formula in Waco, Texas. The owner of the Waco pharmacy, Wade Morrison, who once lived in Rural Retreat, named the beverage after the man who gave him his first job, Dr. Pepper. No Dr. Pepper daughter lust involved, as far as the official story goes. April 2017: Photo added.

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