Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hollywood Cemetery

Is it wrong to think that a cemetery is beautiful?  Well if it is then just don't tell me.  Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond is a history lovers dream spot and a must see for residents and tourists.  As before I have lived in Virginia all of my life and until now never been to one of Richmond's most historical places.  But now I can mark it off the "been there, done that" list.  And I must's beautiful. 

The Confederate Memorial

According to their website over 18,000 Confederate
Solders are buried here

Wrought iron gazebos get me every time

See that dogwood tree?  They were everywhere!  Along
with azaleas and other flowers

The cast iron dog....he looked to be watching
over a child's grave

General J.E.B. Stuart

The mausoleum associated with the Richmond Vampire

General George Pickett

President John Tyler

President James Monroe

Except for that telephone pole the presidents
have a gorgeous view of the James River

Lewis Ginter

Jefferson Davis

A child of Jefferson Davis rests near his

Some of the sites were just heart wrenching and sad.  Some of them were funny and definitely on the odd side.  With the concrete and wrought iron seats throughout the cemetery and the flowering trees and fresh blooms it almost felt like a park.  Because it's built on a large hill there are steps built right into the land and the place almost took on a feeling of a maze.  They offer walking tours but we opted to just strike out on our own.  That way we could go at our pace and not worry about Emma making a spectacle of herself  :)  If ever in Richmond make this a stop on your tour.  You won't be disappointed. 

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