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Shockoe Hill Cemetery

Richmond’s first municipal cemetery was laid out on Shockoe Hill in 1824. Many of the city’s leading citizens and famous characters are buried here. Richard Young, the city surveyor, designed Shockoe Hill Cemetery in a straightforward manner in contrast to the Romanticism of Hollywood Cemetery. Permanent residents include the great chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Marshall; Elmira Shelton, Edgar Allan Poe’s fiancée and muse; Peter Francisco, Revolutionary War hero; Elizabeth Van Lew, Union spy during the Civil War; and hundreds of Union and Confederate soldiers.