I was reminded of my visit there a few years ago by this, from the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Touring Hollywood Cemetery on foot
By Lindsay Machak, Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
Although Liz Kashurba has lived in the Richmond area for more than 20 years, she had never been to Hollywood Cemetery until yesterday.
Kashurba, 50, of Chesterfield County was among 14 people who took a walking tour of the cemetery. She has a book about the cemetery's history but decided to take a guided tour so she wouldn't miss anything, she said.
The two-hour hike took her past the graves of Presidents John Tyler and James Monroe in the presidential loop, which at the highest point of the cemetery overlooks the James River.
The cemetery also is the resting place of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, surgeon Hunter McGuire and Gens. George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart, along with about 18,000 Confederate soldiers.
Also buried there are patriot John Randolph; Lewis Ginter, who developed several Richmond landmarks including The Jefferson Hotel, property that became Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the Ginter Park residential area; Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Ellen Glasgow; and Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. (link)
Many of those 18,000 Confederate soldiers buried in Hollywood Cemetery were brought there directly from the battlefields of 1862 to 1865. Seven Pines. Malvern Hill. Cold Harbor. Gaines' Mill. And from local hospitals, as soldiers wounded on the field were brought into Richmond to recover but, more often than not, die horrible deaths as a result of medical care at the time being tragically inadequate. Other Confederate dead were repatriated after the war ended, including 2,935 Confederate soldiers killed on the field of Gettysburg and brought to Hollywood nearly a decade after they were initially interred on and near the battlefield.
Virginia's most famous cemetery is a sight to behold. It would do you - and your chuildren - well to visit.