If you haven’t been there you should. This is one of the most historic sites in Richmond, even older than Hollywood Cemetery. I like the place even better because it is so often overlooked. It is full of Confederate dead, a Revolutionary War heroes, a famous Union spy, a Supreme Court Justice and Richmond’s first mayor. Here’s the skinny from the Frieds of Shockoe Hill.
We have two events this Sunday. At 1:00, the Poe Museum unveils a new interpretive marker at the grave of Elmira Royster Shelton, Poe’s great love in their early years and the woman to whom he was engaged at his death.
At 2:00, I will lead a free public tour entitled “Conspicuous Confederates and Notorious Unionists”, focusing on the struggle in Civil War Richmond between agents of the new government, and those loyal to the old Union. May of the most famous area Unionists are buried there, and we are beginning to tell their stories.