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Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond

4.8
#1 of 16 in Historic Sites in Richmond
Two former presidents are buried in Hollywood Cemetery. The remains of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, are contained in a Gothic Revival-style tomb nicknamed The Birdcage. A monument to the tenth president, John Tyler, stands near to Monroe's in Presidents Circle. Other must-sees include the 27 m (90 ft) pyramid that stands as a memorial to the 18,000 Confederate soldiers buried here; the grave of Jefferson Davis, the only Confederate president, marked by a lifesize statue; and the iron dog that stands watch over the grave of a little girl who died in 1862. Established in 1849, the cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. From Palmer Chapel Mausoleum or Davis circle, you'll find the best views of the mighty James River. Take a walking tours to learn more about the history of the cemetery and the people buried here. Plan your visit to Hollywood Cemetery and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Richmond route maker app .
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  • Enjoyed an interesting and informative tour with Kathy of The Valentine - Richmond History Tour. Cemeteries precede parks as pastoral sites of beauty and repose (both living and deceased!). Think that...  more »
  • We loved the natural beauty and the river views of this historic cemetery. We followed the Highlights Tour on their website which was very interesting. I personally really liked the large stone pyrami...  more »
  • The cemetery entrance is off the main roads. Stop at the first parking area, enter the gatehouse, and purchase a $1 map from the friendly staff. The graves of the most famous residents are separated e...  more »
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  • Beautifully landscaped and maintained with easy access by vehicle at your leisure. Wonderful views of the river and the city can be found alongside the James and fantastic pieces of history and memorial across the sprawling lawns edging the City of Richmond. It would be nice to have more readily available access to information regarding the history behind many of the memorials for those who choose to tour at their leisure.
  • Beautiful cemetery, very well kept, fascinating people buried here. Recommend the walking tour to learn some interesting facts.
  • Perfect place to pay your respects to the Greatest Leaders of The War Between the States. God Bless them all.
  • I feel slightly awkward rating a cemetery because this isn't Google Graves or whatever. But as a tourist location (which its marketed to be) it's a pretty nice one, I suppose. The overlook from the far side to the river is gorgeous and the variety of famous people buried within make it an historic trip. If you're into ghosts and legends, you'll get that here too.
  • Lovely place to spend your day.

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