Richmond is in the full swing of Fall with the Autumnal Equinox having happened this past Saturday. To get in the mood I headed out to Hollywood Cemetery with my boyfriend and dog.
Hollywood Cemetery was opened in 1849 and houses the bodies of many notable people, from presidents to Confederate soldiers to folklore vampires.
Bryan and I got to visit the mausoleum of the famed Richmond Vampire, William Wortham Pool. Rumors about the man came about when a railroad tunnel in Church Hill collapsed, burying the workers alive. The legend is that “a creature emerged from the hole covered in blood with jagged teeth and rolls of skin hanging from its muscular frame, fresh from a flesh feast.” W. W. Pool’s mausoleum in the cemetery is said to be where the vampire headed.
If you’re ever looking for a place to picnic, walk your dog, or just admire a historic landmark Hollywood Cemetery is the perfect place. There are several spots that overlook the James River and railroad tracks with breathtaking views. There are water spigots along the walkways that are handy if you have a pup with you.
This historic site is a perfect reminder of how lucky we are all to live in a city like Richmond. Don’t miss out on seeing the cemetery in the Fall, with the leaves changing and perfect temperatures.
Public visiting hours of the cemetery are 8am-5pm. You can find out more about walking tours at www.hollywoodcemetery.org