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Hollywood Cemetery is Alive

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Hollywood Cemetery has it all: Civil War ghosts, mausoleums, pyramids, and a great place to run in the morning. Founded in 1847 by Richmond locals William Haxall and Joshua Fry, Hollywood Cemetery sold its first grave in 1849. Since then, the cemetery has become the resting site of numerous historical figures. Two United States Presidents: James Monroe and John Tyler reside in the cemetery. President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis’ gravesite can also be found there. The cemetery is home to many other prominent and historical local figures such as teachers, congressmen, generals and even a Supreme Court Justice.

Beginning in April the Hollywood Cemetery will partner with the Valentine for walking tours of the grounds. From April to October there will be walking tours available Monday through Saturday. The Hollywood Cemetery tours led by Valentine tour guides will continue throughout November every Saturday 10- noon. 

April is only a few weeks away, so sign up now for walking tours. While waiting for the weather to get warm; take a look at the Hollywood Cemetery over the years.

lawn system

Lawn in HollywoodCemetery
c. 1900
Cook Collection
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1736

 

Palmer Section

Palmer section
c. 1920
W. Palmer Gray Collection
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V.45.15.743

 

confederate pyramid

Memorial Day infront of Confederate pyramid
c. early 1890s
Cook Collection
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1764

 

Monroe Birthday

Colonel Joseph J. Volpe delivering eulogy during ceremony commemorating 222nd anniversary of James Monroe's birth
April 29, 1980
Wallace Huey Clark
RichmondTimes-Dispatch Collection
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V.85.37.1086

 

John Tyler

President John Tyler’s original marker
c. 1900
Cook Collection
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1799

 

 

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