Hollywood Cemetery is a large, sprawling cemetery located next to Richmond, Virginia's Oregon Hill neighborhood at 412 South Cherry Street. 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 28 Confederate generals, more than any other cemetery in the country; these include George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. [3 ]
History [ edit ]
The land that Hollywood Cemetery currently stands on was once part of
William Byrd III's estate. Later, it was owned by the Harvie family and was known as "Harvie's Woods." [3 ]
In the late 1840s, William Haxall and Joshua Fry hired
John Notman (architect of Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia) to design the cemetery in the rural garden style. Its name, "Hollywood," came from the holly trees dotting the hills of the property. Oliver Baldwin delivered the dedication address in 1849. [3 ] [4 ]
James Monroe was reinterred from New York City to the "President's Circle" section of Hollywood cemetery on July 4, 1858 due to the efforts of Governor Henry A. Wise. [3 ]
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.
In 1890, a chapel was constructed next to the entrance of the cemetery. This chapel now serves as the cemetery office. In 1915, the original entrance was closed and the present one was opened to better facilitate cars.
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. Other notable legends rely on ghosts haunting the many mausoleums. One of the most well-known of these is the legend of the [5 ] 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.
There are two very good histories of Hollywood Cemetery:
John O. Peters,
Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery (2010). Mary H. Mitchell, Hollywood Cemetery (1999).
List of notable interments and their families [ edit ]
Pyramid, built as a memorial to Confederate enlisted men.
(Note: This is a partial list.)
Use the following alphabetical links to find someone.
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
Frederic W. Boatwright (1868-1951), president of the University of Richmond (1895-1946). William W. Brock Jr. (1912–2003), Brigadier General: World War II, Principal of Richmond's famed Thomas Jefferson High School for 18 years.
John M. Brockenbrough (1830–1892), Confederate Army colonel and brigade commander at Gettysburg
Dave Brockie (1963-2014) Musician, painter, author, and actor. Brockie portrayed Oderus Urungus, the lead singer of the Metal band Gwar.
James Branch Cabell (1879–1958), American fantasy fiction novelist.
Ralph T. Catterall (1897-1978), judge, Virginia State Corporation Commission (1949-1973).
John Samuels Caskie (1821-1869), U.S. Congressman (1851-1859).
Robert H. Chilton (1815-1879), US Army Officer, Confederate General, American Civil War.
Philip St. George Cocke (1809-1861), Confederate General, American Civil War
Raleigh Edward Colston (1825–1896), Confederate Civil War general and VMI professor.
Asbury Christian Compton (1929-2006), Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia (1974-2000).
John Rogers Cooke (1833-1891), Confederate General, American Civil War.
Edward Cooper (1873-1928), U.S. Congressman (1915-1919).
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.
Jefferson Davis grave at the Hollywood Cemetery
Virginius Dabney (1901–1995) Author, Journalist, Editor of The Richmond Times Dispatch from 1936 to 1969, Pulitzer Prize winner.
Peter V. Daniel (1784–1860), U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice
Robert Williams Daniel (1884-1940), Virginia State Senator and RMS Titanic survivor. Father of Robert Daniel.
Robert Daniel (1936–2012), U.S. Representative from Virginia. Son of Robert Williams Daniel.
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
Stephen Potter De Mallie (1923–2008) U.S Navy officer, noted researcher and American textile author.
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.
Lewis Ginter's grave at Hollywood Cemetery
Richard B. Garnett (1817–1863), U.S. Army officer and Confederate general killed during Battle of Gettysburg
Julian Vaughan Gary (1892-1973), Member United States Congress (1945-1965)
Robert Atkinson Gibson (d. 1919), Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia (1902-1919).
Lewis Ginter (1824–1897), American tobacco executive, philanthropist
Ellen Glasgow (1873–1945), Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist
James M. Glavé (1933–2005), Architect, Architectural Preservationist, Father of Architectural Adaptive-Reuse Movement.
Thomas Christian Gordon, Jr. (1915-2003), Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia (1965-1972) Peachy Ridgway Grattan (1801-1881), lawyer and law reporter.
William Green (1806-1880), lawyer and legal scholar.
Charles Philip Gruchy (died 1921), Private, 3rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry - only
British Commonwealth war grave in the cemetery. [6 ]
James Dandridge Halyburton (1803-1879), U.S. and Confederate judge, Eastern District of Virginia (1843-1865).
John Harvie (1742–1807), American lawyer and builder, delegate to the Continental Congress.
William Wirt Henry (1831-1900), lawyer, member of the General Assembly of Va., president of the Am. Historical Association (1890-1891). Louis Shepard Herrink (1892-1965), lawyer and law teacher.
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.
John D. Imboden (1823–1895), lawyer, teacher, Virginia legislator, Confederate cavalry general and partisan fighter
Edward Johnson (1816–1873), U.S. Army officer and Confederate general, American Civil War.
Mary Johnston (1870–1936), American novelist and women's rights advocate.
David Rumph Jones (1825-1863), U.S Army officer and Confederate General, American Civil War.
Samuel Jones (1819-1887), U.S. Army, Confederate General, American Civil War.
John Lamb (1840-1924), U.S. Congressman (1897-1913).
Fitzhugh Lee (1835–1905), Confederate cavalry general, Governor of Virginia, diplomat, U.S. Army general in Spanish–American War
Monroe's grave at Hollywood Cemetery.
grave is visible in the background.
Hunter McGuire (1835–1900), Confederate Army surgeon who amputated General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's arm after Jackson was mistakenly shot by Confederate soldiers at Chancellorsville . (Despite McGuire's efforts, Jackson later died of pneumonia.) After the war, McGuire founded the Virginia College of Medicine, and was president of the American Medical Association.
Angus William McDonald (1799–1864), American military officer and lawyer in the U.S. state of Virginia and colonel in the Confederate States Army Walter Scott McNeill (1875-1930), law teacher.
John Marshall (1823–1862), editor of the Jackson Mississippian and Austin Star-Gazette. Appointed a Colonel in the Texas Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, he was killed in action at the Battle of Gaines Mill. (He is often confused with John Marshall (1755–1835), fourth Chief Justice of the United States, who is buried in nearby Shockoe Hill Cemetery.)
John Young Mason (1799-1859), U.S. Secretary of the Navy (1844-1845, 1846-1849), U.S. Attorney General (1845-1846).
Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806–1873), American oceanographer, scientist, and educator, who also served the Confederacy during the Civil War.
William Mayo (ca. 1685-1744), Colonial civil engineer
David J. Mays (1896-1971) author and lawyer
Polk Miller (1844–1913), American pharmacist and musician.
Willis Dance Miller (1893-1960), Justice, Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals (1947-1960).
John K. Mitchell (1811-1889), Confederate Navy commodore during the American Civil War, see USS Alpha (1864)
James Monroe (1758–1831), fifth President of the United States
Elizabeth Kortright Monroe (1768–1830), U.S. First Lady, wife of James Monroe
Richard Channing Moore (1762-1841), Second Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia (1814-1841) Eileen Bridget McCarthy Mott (1950-2013) Active in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.
Mary-Cooke Branch Munford (1865-1938), civic leader.
Emma Gilham Page (1855–1933), American wife of William Nelson Page
Mann Page (1835-1904) Grand Master of Masons of Virginia 1894, American Civil War soldier, Co. F. 21st Virginia Infantry
William Nelson Page (1854–1932), American civil engineer, railway industrialist, co-founder of the Virginian Railway
John Pegram (1832–1865), U.S. Army officer, Confederate Army brigadier general
William Ransom Johnson Pegram (1841–1865), U.S. Army officer, Confederate Army colonel
Parke D. Pendleton (1932–2010), Entertainer, Renowned expert on Richmond society, Accountant
George Pickett (1825–1875), U.S. Army officer, Confederate Army general, participated in Battle of Gettysburg
William Swan Plumer (1802-1880), Presbyterian clergyman, educator and author
Frederick Gresham Pollard (1918-2003), Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1966 to 1970
John Garland Pollard (1871–1937), Governor of Virginia from 1930 to 1934
Robert Nelson Pollard (1880-1954), Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia from 1936 to 1954.
William Wortham Pool (1842–1922), American bookkeeper. His burial tomb became associated with the Richmond Vampire
John Powell (1882-1963), Composer, ethnomusicologist and segregationist
Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr. (1907–1998), U.S. Supreme Court justice
John Randolph (1773–1833), American politician, leader in Congress from Virginia
William Francis Rhea (1858–1931), Virginia lawyer, judge, and U.S. Congressman Dr.
William Rickman (1731–1783), Director of hospitals for the Continental Army of Virginia. Devoted husband to the daughter of President Benjamin Harrison, Miss Elizabeth Harrison. Conway Robinson (1805-1884), lawyer and legal scholar.
Hilton Rufty (1909-1974), pianist, composer, teacher
Dave Edward Satterfield, Jr. (1894-1946), U.S. congressman 1937-1946.
Conrad Frederick Sauer (1866 - 1927), founder of the C. F. Sauer Company
James Benjamin Sclater Jr. (1847–1882), One of the founders of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Mary Wingfield Scott (1895-1983), historic preservationist.
James Alexander Seddon (1815-1880), U.S. congressman (1845-1851); Confederate Secretary of War.
William Alexander Smith (1828–1888), U.S. congressman from North Carolina (1873-1875).
William "Extra Billy" Smith (1797–1887), two-time governor of Virginia, Confederate general
Harold Fleming Snead (1903-1987), Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia (1957-1974)
William E. Starke (1814–1862), Confederate general killed at the Battle of Antietam
Walter Husted Stevens (1827-1867), U.S. Army lieutenant, C.S.A general.
Isaac M. St. John (1827-1880), Confederate General, American Civil War.
J. E. B. Stuart (1833–1864), American soldier, Confederate Army general
Claude Augustus Swanson (1862-1939), Governor of Virginia (1906-1910), U.S. Secretary of the Navy (1933-1939)
Tyler's grave at Hollywood Cemetery
John Banister Tabb (1845-1909), poet and priest.
William R. Terry (1827-1897), C.S.A general, American Civil War. John Randolph Tucker (1879-1954), lawyer and civic leader.
Edna Henry Lee Turpin (1867-1952), author.
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.
Lyon Gardiner Tyler (1853-1935), historian, president of William and Mary College.
Edmund Waddill, Jr. (1855-1931), U.S. Congressman (1889-1891); U.S. judge Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (1921-1931).
Reuben Lindsay Walker (1827–1890), Confederate Army general.
Alexander Wilbourne Weddell (1876-1948), U.S. Ambassador to Argentina (1933-1939) and Spain (1939-1942).
Beverly R. Wellford (1797–1870), Sixth President of the American Medical Association.
Louis O. Wendenburg (1861-1934), Member of the Senate of Virginia (1912-1920).
John Baker White (1794–1862), American military officer, lawyer, civil servant, and Clerk of Court for Hampshire County, Virginia (1815–1861).
Francis McNeece Whittle (1823-1902), Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia (1876-1902).
John A. Wilcox (1819-1864), U.S. congressman (1851-1853); Confederate congressman.
Channing Moore Williams (1829-1910), Missionary Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of China and Japan.
Richard Leroy Williams (1923-2011), U.S. district court judge Eastern District of Virginia (1980-2011).
George Douglas Wise (1831-1908), U.S. congressman (1881-1895).
Henry A. Wise (1806–1876), Governor of Virginia, Confederate Army general.
John Sergeant Wise (1846-1913), U.S. congressman (1883-1885).
Richard Alsop Wise (1843-1900), U.S. congressman (1897-1901).
Gallery [ edit ]
The cemetery caretaker's house (now apartments)
The chapel at the entrance of Hollywood Cemetery
Matthew Fontaine Maury's grave in Hollywood Cemetery
The Sauer family Mausoleam in Hollywood Cemetery
William Wortham Pool's grave in Hollywood Cemetery
Louis Otto Wendenburg's grave marker
Brig Gen William Edwin Starke's grave marker
Maj Gen Samuel Jones grave marker
Peachy Ridgway Grattan's marker in the family plot
See also [ edit ]
Media related to Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond, Virginia) at Wikimedia Commons
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
Hollywood Cemetery Official Website
Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia, a National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary
Early 20th Century Views of Hollywood Cemetery, Rarely Seen Richmond Postcard Collection, VCU Libraries.
James Monroe Tomb, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Independent City, VA: 6 photos, 1 color transparency, 6 data pages, and 1 photo caption page at Historic American Buildings Survey