Another of Richmond’s gems, Hollywood Cemetery almost hides itself from the untrained eye. The entrance is located in Oregon Hill, off of Cherry St., almost around the corner from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The city has put up signs pointing in the direction of the cemetery, so if you’re on West Cary St. just follow the blue signs and it’ll lead you there. Once through the main gates it’s easy to lose your bearings – there are so many winding roads with names like “Cedar Lane,” and “Freeman Drive,” that they all start to look the same.
Hollywood Cemetery has been open since 1849, and yes, many of the headstones date back that far! In 1869 a huge pyramid structure was erected as a monument to the 18,000 Confederate soldiers buried nearby. It also serves as the “final resting place of two American Presidents, six Virginia governors, two Supreme Court justices, twenty-two Confederate generals.” (www.hollywoodcemetery.org). Some of my favorite headstones are located off of Waterfront Drive, in a little semi-circle area. I wish I could remember whose grave it is, but they’ve got a beautiful angel sitting over them. The headstones themselves are works of art; each and every one of them is different and unique. You could walk through this maze of history for hours.