Richmond, Virginia: 90-Foot-Tall Confederate Pyramid

Ninety feet tall, a kind of collective tombstone for 18,000 Confederate dead. It's been here since 1869.

Hollywood Cemetery

412 S. Cherry St., Richmond, VA
Hollywood Cemetery. South edge of downtown. Entrance into the cemetery at S. Cherry and Albermarle Sts. Once inside, make first right onto Confederate Ave., then a quarter-mile to pyramid.
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Confederate pyramid.

Large Confederate Pyramid

There is a map of the graveyard on your right side as you drive in. The pyramid is to the right side of the massive graveyard. The whole place is pretty amazing. We stopped quickly as we were driving through Richmond. I was really impressed and hopefully will come back to spend extra time there.

If you see the pyramid, look to your right and you will see the grave of a little girl who died. Her grave has a black statue of a dog.

[Somayeh, 05/11/2012]
Large Confederate Pyramid

Look up the song "Hollywood" by Hugo Duarte and give it a listen before you visit. It'll help set your mood for the experience.

[Ed, 11/23/2010]
Hollywood Cemetery Pyramid

We visited this today, and it's truly a sight to behold. It's a little tricky to get to, and the gatekeeper was closing up shop, but he let us go look at it for a few minutes. I walked right through an icy spot [of air], but when I turned around, it was gone... oh well.

[Tiffany, 12/10/2007]
Hollywood Cemetery (Pyramid)

This is a beautiful cemetery full of history and art. I loved riding around and looking at the dates on the stones. According to a local "ghost hunter," the Pyramid is supposed to have a lot of "supernatural" activity around it. It is said that in one corner at the base of the pyramid you can actually feel "ice cold" spots, which are apparently areas where spirits reside. There is also a crypt in the cemetery that is home to a local vampire.

[Janie, 07/04/2004]

The Pyramid.

Hollywood Cemetery - Pyramid

While in Richmond recently, I decided to check out Hollywood Cemetery. It's a really beautiful old place. Lots of hills, curving roads, and ornate tombstones and statues. There is indeed a cast iron statue of a dog guarding the grave of a child, but the inscription on the stone was so old and weathered that I couldn't read it.

The "weird Confederate pyramid" mentioned in a previous tip is HUGE and made out of giant chunks of rock. I'm guessing here, but based on some pictures I took with people standing near it, it looks like it's at least fifty feet tall. It was built in 1869 in a section of the cemetery that has over eighteen thousand Confederate graves.

[Dean Jeffrey, 09/28/2001]

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