The Demaine Funeral Home dates back to 1789 when families turned to their local cabinetmaker for caskets. And early one morning this custom brought an exhausted and cold messenger to the shop’s front door with the news that Gen. George Washington had died. The messenger had ridden 14-miles with the General’s measurements so the lead-lined mahogany casket could be made to fit.
In 1841 Demaine was located at the corner of Fairfax and Prince Streets, in the bustling Scottish seaport town of Alexandria, bearing his name. The firm is one of the oldest businesses in Virginia.
Early ledgers include the services for other prominent statesman and Virginia families
The firm moved to 817 King Street at an undetermined date. In 1952 Demaine Funeral Home relocated to its present location on South Washington Street in Alexandria.
The move from a storefront location to a four-story white column facility with on-site parking, it’s own flower shop and a chapel and parlors, capable of accommodating over 400, was a significant step in the firm’s lustrous history.
Innovations were introduced in the form of a smoking lounge, and family room, where family privacy could be provided during the service. In 1968 the firm expanded to the outlying community of Springfield in 1968.