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Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond

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#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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  • We went without any expectation and we were surprised with a distinguished place. The feeling I gave is that there was more life on the inside than outside. Worth a walk around the cemetery. Interesting how have headstones with dogs along with their human friends. Good morning cooper too.
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  • We are big American history Buff's and this is a must-see for anyone. Not only is it gorgeous but many famous people are buried there including former presidents and Generals. Many Confederate soldier...  more »
  • We had a wonderful time exploring and learning about well known people buried there. And the grounds are full of beautiful views and architecture.  more »
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  • A lot of people don't seem to know this, but Hollywood is a fully functioning cemetery, and they are amazing. When my brother died completely unexpectedly at only 35 years old last year, Woody and Mabel in the front office took such incredible care of me and my family. Woody even managed to make us smile on the day my brother died, the same day we picked his plot, which was the truly the worst, most devastating day of my life. And everything was perfect, everything was just the way we discussed it should be, on the day we buried him. I commend Woody & Mabel, and Hollywood, for being such a spot of beautiful in the face of tragedy. Thank you for taking such amazing care of us and for continuing to take such wonderful care of my brother.
  • A tucked away little cemetery that is great for walks. Entrance if free and you will rarely see other people. Just be warned, the roads are not in the best condition.
  • One of my favorite places to walk in Richmond. Always beautiful, quiet, and peaceful. Incredible stonework to admire and fascinating historical value. Feels surreal in the fall.
  • Not only is Hollywood Cemetery an historically significant place, the burial location of several U. S. Presidents (Monroe, Tyler) and other notables, it is also a beautiful, peaceful, setting in which to meander and contemplate each one's eternal destiny. Well worth a visit.
  • Always a joy to admire all of the beautiful history and views of the James river are breathtaking here

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Richmond boasts a wide array of accommodations, including inns and national chain hotels. Those who want to take full advantage of the city's rich historical heritage should consider staying in the Northside area, home to a number of historic districts, or near the Boulevard, where you can find most of the city's museums. There are a number of apartment vacation rentals available in residential areas of the city; neighborhoods close to Virginia Commonwealth University are generally a safe bet for those wanting to take advantage of lively eateries, quirky stores, and bars.
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