The Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery are pleased to provide a full slate of programs and events intended to celebrate the cemetery's history, restore its beauty, and educate the public on its place in community life.  Most programs are free and open to the public.   A suggested donation of $5 per person is greatly appreciated.  Your donation helps us to recover, restore, and install new monuments to those who have passed.   Private or fundraising events will be noted as such.

Parking is available along the streets as well as inside the cemetery.  Programs generally begin at the Keeper's Shed where a restroom is available.


Note that events may be rescheduled or cancelled on short notice due to inclement weather or other factors.  See our Facebook page for last minute updates.

Wreath Retrieval - Sunday, January 20, 2019, 12:30PM - 2PM
Help us gather the holiday wreaths placed in December.   Then, stay afterwards for the 2PM celebration of Dr. Daniel Norton.

Dr. Daniel Norton Day - Sunday, January 20, 2019, 2PM - 3PM
Join us at as we celebrate the life of Dr. Daniel Norborne Norton, namesake of the Norton grape. January 23rd will mark the 177th anniversary of his death, and has been declared Dr. Daniel Norton Day in the City of Richmond, Virginia.

John Marshall Day - Sunday, February 3, 2019, 2PM - 4PM
Join us as we celebrate the 218th anniversary of John Marshall being installed as Chief Justice of the United States.

Peter Francisco Day Celebration - Sunday, March 16, 2019, 2PM - 4PM Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Peter Francisco.

3rd Annual Headstone Dedication - Sunday, April 28, 2019, 2PM - 4PM
Join the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery in dedicating all the monuments installed within the last year.

Flags Across Shockoe Hill - Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10AM to 1PM
Join us as we place flags on the graves of veterans in preparation for Memorial Day.


Holiday History at Shockoe Hill Cemetery - Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 2PM to 3PM.  Join Sharon Pajka of the River City Cemetarians for this special holiday tour. Suggested donation is a wreath of your choosing to be placed on a grave.

Wreaths Across Shockoe Hill Cemetery - Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 12:30 to 2PM.  Bring a wreath of your choosing and honor a soldier.  Our goal is 300 wreaths.  While there, stay for the tour beginning at 2PM.

2nd Annual Book Fair - Saturday, December 1, 2018 from noon to 4PM at Crossroads Art Center located at 2016 Staples Mills Rd, Richmond, VA 23230.  Authors will be on site to chat and sign their book offerings.  Click here to see some of the authors who will attend.

Flags for Shockoe Hill's Soldiers - Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10AM to 1PM
Join us as we place flags at the graves of our veterans of all conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the War in Vietnam.

John Marshall: Friends, Family and Associates - Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2PM
Join Clayton Shepherd for the final tour of the season.

Elizabeth Van Lew Birthday - Monday, October 8, 2018 from 1:30PM to 3:30PM
This event will begin with a living history performance by the very capable living historian Adrienne Robertson. If you're a part of the civil war re-enacting and/or roundtable community, you'll no doubt recognize her name. This event will be held at the American Legion Post 144 Battlefields, 1717 Old Hanover Road, Sandston, Virginia.