Hollywood Cemetery, a national treasure located in Richmond, Va., is open to the public from 8am - 6pm. Whether you're enjoying a walk through the winding paths, visiting the grave of a loved one or participating in an organized tour, this spectacular outdoor museum has plenty of stories to tell. Much more than a cemetery, Hollywood is a living story in stone, iron and landscape. Designed in 1847 by noted architect John Notman of Philadelphia, Hollywood has been a fully-operational cemetery since the 19th century. It serves as the final resting place for two American presidents, six Virginia governors, two Supreme Court justices, twenty-two Confederate generals and thousands of Confederate soldiers. In addition, Hollywood accommodates many deceased loved ones from the Richmond community and beyond.
The natural and architectural beauty of Hollywood Cemetery sets it apart from the grid-like layout of many cemeteries today. Known as a "garden cemetery", Hollywood's paths wind through the 135 acres of valleys, hills and stately trees. The skillful design, faithful stewardship and nature's beauty have made this cemetery one of the most historic and beautiful cemeteries in the United States.
Today, Hollywood Cemetery ranks as the second most-visited cemetery in the nation, right behind Arlington National Cemetery. The stories and beauty of Hollywood continue to bring visitors from all over the world. To this day, Hollywood Cemetery still provides numerous interment options, allowing you to reserve your place in history among presidents, Civil War generals and many other famous personalities.
Hollywood Cemetery Board of Directors
- Matthew Dimmock Jenkins, President
- E. Bryson Powell, Vice President
- Mary Lynn Bayliss
- William R. Claiborne
- Edward M. Farley, IV
- Elizabeth Cabell Jennings
- Nelson D. Lankford
- Evelina Massie Scott
- Fred T. Tattersall
- Fielding L. Williams, Jr.
Confederates of Hollywood Cemetery
Along with notables Jefferson Davis, JEB Stuart and George Pickett, Hollywood is the final resting place for over 18,000 Confederate enlisted men. Its ninety foot granite pyramid, completed in 1869, is a monument to the Confederate soldiers buried nearby. They went into battle for what seemed then a noble cause of protecting their homes from northern aggression. When the pyramid was erected, Southerners still called the Civil War "The Lost Cause". Now we know that the cause was not a lost one. These men's lives, along with those of their northern counterparts, were given to forge a single and better nation. Their blood, shed in battle, gave birth to a new America, one that in another century would restore and protect freedom around the world.