From Hollywood Cemetery‘s FaceBook page:
Presidents Circle is known for the two United States Presidents that rest here, but there are also several other notables in this section.
Matthew Fontaine Maury (known throughout the world as the Pathfinder of the Seas), Joseph Reid Anderson (one of Richmond’s most influential citizens and founder of Tredegar Iron Works – the largest in the South), William Henry Haxall (one of the four visionary founders of Hollywood in 1847), Moses Drury Hogue (first pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond), and Lawrence Waring (an influential Richmond physician) are also buried here.
On Saturday, August 12, there is a special tour of Hollywood Cemetery. From the Events page:
This tour will explore the cemetery with a historical and horticultural perspective and an emphasis on the beauty of nature and the impact of the 19th century Romantic Movement. Meet at the Hollywood Cemetery entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets, near the rear of the stone structure to the left. Please not that this tour is 1.5 to 2 miles and involves several inclines. Comfortable shoes and water are recommended.
This tour lasts from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. $15 per person and $5 for Valentine Members. Your tour guide will accept cash or check. Walk-ups are welcome!
RVA Magazine has a new article entitled “HOLLYWOOD CEMETERY: A LOOK INSIDE ONE OF RICHMOND’S MOST CHERISHED LANDMARKS”
An old piece of stone often holds more meaning than one might suspect, particularly in a city like Richmond. Although stone carved into monuments or statues may generate friction, a great deal more of it can remind us to ruminate on not only our history, but ourselves.
On a recent afternoon, a tour guide from The Valentine took RVA Mag on a little stroll to discover some history behind one of Richmond’s most cherished and popular landmarks, Hollywood Cemetery.
John Notman designed Hollywood Cemetery in 1847 and named it for its immense number of holly-wood trees. At the time, Richmond was experiencing the effects of the industrial revolution and much of the city was falling victim to industrialization–the pollution, smog, overpopulation and factory life was the reality for Richmonders.
This post comes courtesy of Hollywood Cemetery’s FaceBook page:
John Banister Tabb was an American poet who received national and international recognition for his poems.
At the age of 17, he joined the Confederate Navy as a blockade runner, bringing supplies from Bermuda and Nassau to the Carolinas. He was eventually captured by Union troops and imprisoned at a Federal prison camp in Maryland. There he met fellow prisoner, Georgia poet-musician Sidney Lanier. Bound by their talents in music and poetry, Tabb and Lanier shared a life-long friendship.
Tabb went on to become a Roman Catholic priest and a professor of English. His poems were widely published in various prestigious magazines, and he became one of just two American writers admitted to the Oxford University Press Garland Series of Epigrams (1916).
He was buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Section 20, Lot 62 following his death in 1909. One of his poems is engraved on his tombstone:
If life and death be things that seem
If death be sleep and life a dream
May not the everlasting sleep
The dream of life eternal keep
Bring mom out for a specialty walking tour in Hollywood tomorrow!
The Valentine museum is sponsoring:
Explore the role that women’s groups played in Hollywood Cemetery’s history from the Civil War to the present. Visit grave sites of women who were educators, authors, preservationists, suffragists and humanitarians. Meet at the Hollywood Cemetery entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets, near the rear of the stone structure to the left. Please note that this tour is 1.5 to 2 miles and involves several inclines. Comfortable shoes and water are recommended.
$15 per person
$5 for Valentine Members
Cash or check.
You may also want to bring an umbrella!
From Hollywood Cemetery event announcement:
A wreath-laying ceremony in honor of President James Monroe’s birthday will be hosted by the James Monroe Memorial Foundation and the United States Army this Friday.
All are welcome to attend the ceremony in Presidents Circle.
(Event photo by Chris Beasley)
Set for May 7, a Sunday.
From FaceBook event details:
Pack a picnic basket, bring a blanket and relax to sounds of great entertainment at Hollywood Cemetery.
Guided trolley car tours will be provided. An ice cream truck and hotdogs will be on site.
Performances by the Oak Lane Band and St. Christopher’s School’s acapella group BEAUX TIES.
The picnic is free to attend. Please RSVP Nancy Shepherd at (804) 648-8501 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for a reservation.
Paraphrased from Richard Lee Bland:
This april 1926 Times Dispatch article documents the Old Fairgrounds when the fair occupied a much wider area along Belvidere street…notice the reference to Banktown, situated where Jefferson Davis’ circle is in Hollywood Cemetery.