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What Not to Miss in and Around Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery

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Richmond is an essential destination for anyone traveling the East Coast. Its history and Southern charm are so inviting that you’ll want to take at least a few days to enjoy this beautiful city. While you’re there, you’ll definitely want to check out Hollywood Cemetery, one of the city’s most notable gems. Built in 1849, Hollywood Cemetery is the most-visited cemetery in the United States after Arlington Cemetery, and one of the main tourist attractions in RVA.

If you’re in Richmond, don’t miss your chance to see this vault of American history. Hollywood Cemetery is known as a garden cemetery, offering beautiful walking paths, greenery, and stunning views of the city. Get your trip started by booking your accommodations in the neighborhood and let your adventure begin!

The Best of the Best in Hollywood Cemetery

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Get ready to spot the final resting places of some of the most prominent figures in American history, from presidents to Civil War figures. Here, you’ll take a walking tour of the burial spots of many who changed the course of history. Here are some that you shouldn’t miss:

  • The Presidents: James Monroe (fifth President of the U.S.), John Tyler (10th President of the U.S.), and Jefferson Davis (the only President of the Confederate States of the America) are all buried at the cemetery, which has impressive monuments in their honor.
  • The Monuments: Visit the Monument to the Confederate War Dead, which honors the 18,000 Confederate soldiers and 28 Confederate generals who are buried here, and the Iron Dog, which memorializes a child who died very young.
  • The Views: From the cemetery, you’ll not only catch great views of RVA, but you’ll also spot the James River. For the best views of the river, head to the Palmer Chapel Mausoleum and Presidents Circle.
  • The Legends: Have a little spooky fun and experience the legends of the Richmond Vampire, the Iron Dog, and tales of ghosts that live in the cemetery.

The grounds are open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at no cost. You’re welcome to explore solo, but you may also take a walking tour or book a Segway or trolley tour!


While in the Neighborhood

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While in the neighborhood, you’ll want to check out some local favorites to make the most of your day. Head to a major favorite, Lamplighter Coffee, for a cup of coffee or brunch. Make a full day out of the neighborhood with afternoon shopping in Carytown and dinner at Can Can Brasserie.

Stick to the historical theme with a walk down Monument Avenue and dinner at Kuba Kuba. If you’re looking for something more outdoorsy, head to the trails on Belle Isle and dine at Postbellum. End the night at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) with a sunset walk through the sculpture garden and enjoy drinks on the top floor at Amuse.


What are you waiting for? Great times await in and around Hollywood Cemetery during your next trip to Richmond!

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