“generals, presidents and vampires!”
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 has also been used by teens and college students, who slip in at night (especially Halloween) to view the mausoleum of W.W. Pool, Richmond's resident vampire. Legend has it that after a railroad tunnel collapse under nearby Church Hill in 1929, a man-like creature covered in blood with jagged teeth and flesh falling off his body was seen heading into this mausoleum. The legend has since been debunked, but that doesn't seem to stop the rumors or the visitors.
Don't be creeped out by the fact that it's a cemetery! It's beautiful and peaceful-- perfect for a nice walk. There's lots of famous historical figures buried here. Look for the graves of James Monroe and John Tyler, Jefferson Davis, George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart!
You MUST see this!!!! I know it is strange to say this about a cemetery but you will not understand until you go - expect to spend a couple hours walking around the stunning area. AND it is free.
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