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Shockoe Hill Cemetery

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urbanguy wrote a review Jun 2020
Richmond, Virginia3,575 contributions366 helpful votes
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I always thought that Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery was "the" oldest cemetery in Richmond. No, Hollywood was established in 1847, whereas Shockoe Hill dates from 1822. Hollywood certainly has more notable figures buried there and a greater diversity of cemetery architecture. But, Shockoe Hill being only 12.7 acres (compared to Hollywood's 135 acres) is easily walked in a short amount of time. The more historic figures to be buried at Shockoe Hill, I believe, are Chief Justice John Marshall, Peter Francisco, a Revolutionary War hero, and Elizabeth Van Lew, a Richmonder who was famous for being a spy for the Union Army.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Goth Gardener wrote a review Oct 2019
Mechanicsville, Virginia80 contributions20 helpful votes
This was the first City-owned burial ground in Richmond established in 1820 with the first burial in 1822. The cemetery is not quite 13 acres and includes approximately 30,000 burials. While there are numerous historical figures buried here, the cemetery is significant to the author Edgar Allan Poe. One could imagine if the events went a bit differently in his final days, we would be visiting Poe's grave here instead of in Baltimore. He grew up in and around Shockoe Hill. Poe neighbors, playmates growing up, his foster family, and even some of the ladies he loved are buried here. The Friends of Shockoe Hill is quite active and offers a variety of historic tours.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Melanie M wrote a review Sep 2018
Richmond, Virginia106 contributions19 helpful votes
I have lived in Richmond all of my life and had seen this cemetery from a distance but never visited. The Bon Air Historical Society arranged a tour with the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Because the cemetery not in the best part of town, I would not recommend going alone. Our guide, Jeffry Burden, was very knowledgeable ! and enthusiastic. This cemetery is older than Hollywood Cemetery and has a number of well known "residents", The history is fascinating
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Date of experience: September 2018
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riterchick wrote a review Jul 2018
Richmond, Virginia55 contributions38 helpful votes
The great justice, John Marshall and his wife are buried here, as well as Peter Francisco of Revolutionary War fame. Union spy Elizabeth van Lew also is interred here, as well as William Waller Hening, Thomas Jefferson’s contemporary who pulled together all of Virginia’s laws in print. I first found this cemetery looking for the grave of my ancestor, William Waller Hening, and found so much more. Gen. George Patton’s family members are buried here as well. Incredible history abounds.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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