Our History

Committed to quality service and family values for over a century.

Each of our six locations has a different story to tell.

Our Bucktrout location dates back to 1759 and is the oldest funeral home in America. A part of Colonial American history, today Williamsburg is the home to Civil War reenactments. The Bucktrout family operated a cabinet shop at this location and made caskets for community members who passed away. He had a family farm and offered to bury the deceased on his property, more out of generosity than for money.

Our Riverside location also is over a century old. In 1889, the Roush family originally opened a funeral home at what today is the Riverside location. In 1955 it was acquired and rebuilt by Eddie Faulkner as Riverside Funeral Home, before Altmeyer purchased the business in 2005.

In 1995, Altmeyer purchased the Southside Home on Greenwich Road, their first Virginia facility. Their team gutted and renovated the entire location. In 1998, after rapid growth in the Tidewater area, the Altmeyer Funeral Home- Virginia Beach was established under the direction of James E. Altmeyer, Jr. That location has since relocated to a custom built state-of-the-art home located off of Witchduck Road.

The Umphlette family owned the Denbigh location before selling the business to the Altmeyer family in 2000. The home has been renovated to house a large reception area for gatherings as well as a large chapel for funerals, memorial services and celebrations of life.

When Virginia Beach split into counties, the Oceanfront Maestas Funeral Home was the first funeral home in the county. In July 2007, this location was shut down for a complete makeover. Altmeyer purchased the 1801 Baltic Avenue location in October and reopened the remodeled facility in December 2007.

The Twiford Funeral Home – Chesapeake was built in 1968 and spanning 2.5 acres of land. The oldest funeral home in the area, the Twiford – Chesapeake Funeral Home was purchased in 2010 by Altmeyer Family and renovated in 2011 where we serve the Chesapeake community, Southern Virginia Beach (old Princess Anne County) as well as Moyock and northern Currituck County.

Over the years, some things have never changed. A passion for aiding others, quality services and caring professionals, we vow that as time continues, Altmeyer Funeral Homes will never forget these principles.