Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond, Virginia)

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Hollywood Cemetery
Hollywood Cemetery-With Skyline and River.jpg
Year established 1849
Country United States
Website Hollywood Cemetery
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Hollywood Cemetery
Location 412 S. Cherry St., Richmond, Virginia
Coordinates 37°32′10″N 77°27′30″W / 37.53611°N 77.45833°W / 37.53611; -77.45833Coordinates: 37°32′10″N 77°27′30″W / 37.53611°N 77.45833°W / 37.53611; -77.45833
Area 130 acres (526,000 m2)
Built 1860
Architect Pratt, William H.
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 69000350[1]
VLR # 127-0221
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 12, 1969
Designated VLR September 9, 1969[2]

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; these include 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. Oliver Baldwin delivered the dedication address in 1849.[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.

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.[4] 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.

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.


  • Alden Aaroe (1918–1993), broadcast journalist
  • Joseph R. Anderson (1813–1892), American civil engineer, industrialist, soldier
  • Grace Evelyn Arents (1848-1926), philanthropist


  • 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


  • James Branch Cabell (1879–1958), American fantasy fiction novelist.
  • Ralph T. Catterall (1897-1978), judge, Virginia State Corporation Commission (1949-1973).
  • John Samuel Caskie (1821-1869), U.S. congressman (1851-1859).
  • Raleigh Edward Colston (1825–1896), Confederate Civil War general and VMI professor
  • Asbury Christian Compton (1929-2006), Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia (1974-2000).
  • 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.


  • 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 Daniel (1936–2012), U.S. Representative from Virginia
  • 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) Noted Researcher and American Textile Author.



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.


  • 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), Dutch-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.[5]


  • 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
  • Mary Johnston (1870–1936), American novelist and women's rights advocate


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


  • 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. John Tyler's 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).
  • 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.




  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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




  • Thomas Yates

See also[edit]

Media related to Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond, Virginia) at Wikimedia Commons


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Alfred L. Brophy, "These Great and Beautiful Republics of the Dead": Public Constitutionalism and the Antebellum Cemetery
  4. ^ Civil War Field Trips
  5. ^ [1] CWGC casualty record.

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