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Missy Trent
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Peace in Hollywood Cemetary

As I spoke of, in my last blog entry, I have many pictures to share of our East Coast adventure!
I have decided to do a series of blog post, each one featuring a new place or event, along with inspiration!
On this day, the Vagabond was in Richmond, Virginia.
Our event for the day:
Photographing "Hollywood Cemetary".
Here is some history on Hollywood Cemetary, taken from wikipedia:

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 twoUnited States PresidentsJames Monroe and John Tyler, as well as the onlyConfederate States PresidentJefferson 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 treesdotting the hills of the property.
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.[2] 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. 

It may seem strange that we would want to take pictures in a cemetary...
but have you ever gone to a cemetary and really observed the beauty?
The serenity?
If you love history, a cemetary is a wonderful source of inspiration!
As an artist, I was in "Ah". I could have spent the entire day, right here.
This is the most beautiful cemetary that I have ever seen.
If you have the opportunity, you must see for yourself.


  1. I so agree! Love spending time in cemeteries. Reflection comes naturally there. It was indeed a most beautiful place and your photos captured the wonder of it perfectly.

  2. Thank you for sharing your East coast adventure!!

    So glad I found you through the miz kate dot com Artist blog hop!
    I am your newest blog follower. :)
    Looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts!

    I welcome you to check out my art blog, too!

    Mary C. Nasser