A few weekends ago, we joined a group of greyhounds for a walk around Hollywood Cemetery.
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. Included are 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.
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 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.
If you are in the Richmond, VA area and have not checked this place out, you should. It is fascinating and filled with history! We were only able to make it halfway through the walk before we had to leave. Maggie was worn out from all the walking up and down hills. We plan to make a trip back without the pups so we can do a walking tour.
A few weekends after the walk, we joined a group of greyhounds for a fun run. Cueball has been very sad since Booyah passed. He misses his running buddy. This was just what he needed to lift his spirits!
He was worn out when we got back home and slept the remainder of the afternoon. It is always amazing to watch these dogs run! Hope everyone had a lovely Valentines Day! We are ready for Spring in the Ridlon Abode. 🙂