Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hollywood Cemetery Trip

This weekend I was down in Virginia visiting family and had a few hours to kill early Sunday morning before driving back home at noon. I really wanted to visit my favorite cemetery in the south, Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond (not to be confused with Hollywood Forever cemetery) and so off we went.
 

One of my favorite things about the cemetery is this gorgeous old purple Victorian which sits right next to the entrance. The first time I visited this cemetery (I was seventeen, I think) I had lots of fantasies about moving there.

Through the gates we go.


The main path of the cemetery is lined in gorgeous trees, especially magnolias. Hollywood Cemetery is my favorite because it's a truly aesthetic cemetery. You follow the winding, twisting paths lined with large magnolias and everything is green. The center of the cemetery is a big hill, and from the top you can look out over the James river.

One of my main goals was to introduce my younger sister, now ten, to cemeteries. I've been very into the Death positive movement lately and I do think encouraging younger people to be okay with death and asking questions and talking about it without being hushed with "That's really morbid, let's talk about something else" is important. She loved it. She's so full of questions about death: What is cremation? Why do people chose cremation? What are those weird symbols on the grave? (They were Mason symbols.)

So here we go, through my favorite cemetery:























What are your favorite cemeteries?

9 comments:

  1. Wow, beautiful pictures! My favorite cemetery is the one I lived near when I was a kid, it was a Jewish cemetery and we'd always bike to it and read the tombstones and if any of the rocks fell off or someone pushed them off we'd always put them back on. It was a neat and peaceful place to visit. There was also another cemetery right next to it.

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful cemetery, I'm glad you had such good experiences!

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  2. Such a lovely trip! That house is amazing - I'd love to live in a place that gorgeous :) Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Hollywood *IS* my favorite cemetery. I give tours there and I'm full of ridiculous little facts; but, like you, I've been going there since I was a young teen...way before I knew what I was gazing upon. Glad your family and you had a nice time. There's nothing morbid about that cemetery for sure.

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    1. I'm glad someone else out there loves it as much as I do! It's such a gorgeous place.

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  4. What a beautiful place! It's great that you are introducing your sister to a death positive attitude!

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    1. Thank you! I'm so happy she was receptive to it! I think it's so important for younger people.

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