Coordinates: 37°32′10″N 77°27′18″W / 37.536°N 77.455°W / 37.536; -77.455

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Hollywood Cemetery, with Richmond skyline and James River visible in background

Hollywood Cemetery is a large, sprawling cemetery located at 412 South Cherry Street in Richmond, Virginia. Characterized by rolling hills and winding paths overlooking the James River, it is the resting place of two United States Presidents, James Monroe and John Tyler, as well as the only Confederate States President, Jefferson Davis. It is also the resting place of 25 Confederate generals, more than any other cemetery in the country. Included are George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart.

Hollywood Cemetery was opened in 1849, constructed on land known as "Harvie's Woods" that was once owned by William Byrd II. It was designed in the rural garden style, with its name, "Hollywood," coming from the holly trees dotting the hills of the property.

In 1869, a 90-foot (27 m) high granite pyramid was built as a memorial to the more than 18,000 enlisted men of the Confederate Army buried in the cemetery.

Hollywood Cemetery is one of Richmond's major tourist attractions. There are many local legends surrounding certain tombs and grave sites in the cemetery, including one about a little girl and the black iron statue of a dog standing watch over her grave.[1] Other notable legends rely on ghosts haunting the many mausoleums. One of the most well-known of these is the legend of the Richmond Vampire.

A place rich in history, legend, and gothic landscape, Hollywood Cemetery is also frequented by many of the local students attending Virginia Commonwealth University.

List of notable interments and their families[edit | edit source]

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Pyramid, built as a memorial to Confederate enlisted men.

(Note: This is a partial list.)

Use the following alphabetical links to find someone.


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  • Frances Hayne Beall (ca. 1820-?), American wife of Lloyd J. Beall, daughter of South Carolina Senator Arthur P. Hayne
  • Lloyd J. Beall (1808-1887), American military officer and paymaster of U.S. Army, Commandant of the Confederate States Marine Corps
  • William Barret (1786-1871), American businessman, tobacco manufacturer considered wealthiest man in Richmond
  • Benjamin Barrett, artist, poet, writer
  • John M. Brockenbrough (1830–1892), Confederate Army colonel and brigade commander at Gettysburg

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  • James Branch Cabell (1879-1958), American fantasy fiction novelist
  • Raleigh Edward Colston (1825-1896), Confederate Civil War general and VMI professor
  • Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry (1825-1903), U.S. and Confederate Congressman, Civil War veteran, and President of Howard College in Alabama and Richmond College in Virginia. His statue is in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.

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  • Peter V. Daniel (1784–1860), U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice
  • Jefferson Davis (1808–1889), President of the Confederate States of America
  • Varina Howell Davis, (1826–1906), American author best-known as First Lady of the CSA, wife of Jefferson Davis

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Jefferson Davis grave at the Hollywood Cemetery

  • Douglas Southall Freeman (1886 – 1953), was an American journalist and historian. He was the author of definitive biographies of George Washington and Confederate General Robert E. Lee. There is also a local high school that bears his name.

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  • Richard B. Garnett (1817–1863), U.S. Army officer and Confederate general killed during Battle of Gettysburg
  • Lewis Ginter (1824-1897), Dutch-American tobacco executive, philanthropist
  • Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist

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  • John Harvie, (1742-1807), American lawyer and builder, delegate to the Continental Congress
  • Henry Heth (1825–1899), U.S. Army officer and Confederate general, participated at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Eppa Hunton (1822–1908), U.S. Representative and Senator, Confederate brigadier general

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  • John D. Imboden (1823–1895), lawyer, teacher, Virginia legislator, Confederate cavalry general and partisan fighter

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  • Edward Johnson (1816–1873), U.S. Army officer and Confederate general
  • Mary Johnston (1870–1936), American novelist and women's rights advocate

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  • Andrea Kauder (1960-2004), American teacher, thinker, innovator, writer, and mother

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  • Fitzhugh Lee (1835–1905), Confederate cavalry general, Governor of Virginia, diplomat, U.S. Army general in Spanish-American War

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Monroe's grave at Hollywood Cemetery. John Tyler's grave is visible in the background.

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Tyler's grave at Hollywood Cemetery

  • David Gardiner Tyler (1846-1927), American Democratic politician, U.S. congressman
  • John Tyler (1790–1862), tenth President of the United States, a delegate to the Provisional Confederate Congress in 1861, and elected to the House of Representatives of the Confederate Congress.
  • Julia Gardiner Tyler (1820–1889), U.S. First Lady, wife of John Tyler

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