In this month's edition of Richmond Magazine there's a great article titled "Voices from the Graves: Richmond's historic cemeteries through the eyes of their caretakers and advocates." This is a nice crash course on the city's oldest graveyards, so if you're looking for a sightseeing itinerary you can look no further. You are probably tired of me jabbering on about Evergreen Cemetery (now actually called East End Cemetery), but I was glad to see this article mentioning it and the restoration efforts there. There's also a part about Hebrew Cemetery featuring my former work colleague and all-around cool guy Bill Thalhimer. And I loved the quotes from Donald Toney, longtime foreman at Hollywood Cemetery:
I've been here at the cemetery for 47 years; I'm almost 65 years old. It's mainly the mowing and trimming, grounds maintenance. We're an active cemetery; we probably inter about 60 percent cremations now. [The year] 1849 was the first recorded burial.
The Hollywood name started with the hollies at the entrance, and it originally had a hyphen, Holly-Wood. I wish they would have left it that way, because everybody thinks Hollywood, California, but it was named after the holly bushes.
We've got W.W. Pool buried here. There are stories about W.W. Pool and the vampire lingering around, but I haven't seen any ghosts. If I had, I might not be working here right now. I've stayed out here working all night long, and I've never seen anything.