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Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond

#1 of 25 in Historic Sites in Richmond
Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • This was our first visit to Richmond, and Hollywood Cemetery was one of our first stops. This is a huge cemetery, and we made the mistake of NOT stopping at the office for a map but we were able to.....  more »
  • My wife and I drove 3 hours to Richmond to see this historic cemetery. This is the second most visited cemetery in the United States, only behind Arlington. My wifes great great great great...  more »
  • Such a beautiful place for rest. Took a drive through the winding paths, spent time in reverence around the graves of the more notable buried there. SO much art in the tombstones and grave sites. Very enjoyable afternoon.
  • Not an ordinary cemetery; instead, you'll find beautiful, shaded walking trails that bring you to scenic overlooks of the river and the Richmond skyline while surrounded with amazingly landscaped and detailed granite gave markers and stone mausoleums. It's really beautiful here and almost too large to cover in a day of hiking. You can drive through or take your bike. If biking, there are off-road trails that take you down to the river. If walking, there are plenty of shaded areas and benches to rest. There are lots of elevation changes so keep that in mind if you are bringing children or the elderly. There are walking tours (for a fee) most every day at 10am. Very cool place!
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