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.
We are pausing for the summer and will resume our tours in September. Thanks to everyone who attended the events during the first half of the year!
Richmond Light Infantry Blues - Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 2PM
Join Clayton Shepherd for this tour about Richmond's famous Light Infantry Blues. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
Brown's Island Explosion Victims - Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2PM
Join Barbara Lagasse as she shares the stories of 14 young women killed in the Brown's Island munitions plant explosion of 1863. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
Edgar Allan Poe and Shockoe Hill Cemetery - Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 2PM
Join Sharon Pajka of the River City Cemetarians for this tour exploring Edgar Allan Poe's connections to Shockoe Hill. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
Elizabeth Van Lew Birthday - Monday, October 8, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 4PM
This event will begin with a living history performance by Ms. Emily Lapisardi, at the American Legion Post 144 Battlefields, 1717 Old Hanover Road, Sandston, Virginia.
***Doors will open at 1:00 p.m., and the performance will begin at 1:30 p.m.***
Donation $10 per person at the door.
Following the performance there will be a wreath laying at Shockoe Hill Cemetery.
John Marshall: Friends, Family and Associates - Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2PM
Join Clayton Shepherd for the final tour of the season. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
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.
Wreaths Across Shockoe Hill Cemetery - Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 10AM. Bring a wreath of your choosing and honor a soldier. Our goal is 300 wreaths.
RECENT PAST EVENTS
Richmond Theatre Fire and Shockoe Hill Cemetery - Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 2PM
The tour will begin at the keeper's shed, and will be led by FoSHC Secretary Barbara Lagasse.
Stone Carvers of Shockoe Hill - Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 2PM
Join Ms. Emily Williams of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation as she showcases the work of some of central Virginia's best known stone carvers.
West Point and VMI Graduates - Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 2PM
There are some 1,000 military interments at Shockoe Hill Cemetery, and they include graduates of the United States Military Academy (West Point) and the Virginia Military Institute. Join Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery board member Jeffry Burden as he introduces you to some you may know, and some you may not.
Flags Across Shockoe Hill - Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 10AM to 1PM
Join us as we place flags on the graves of veterans in preparation for Memorial Day. To contribute, please follow this link:
Highlights of VCU Student Projects - Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2PM
Join FoSHC Advisory Council member and VCU professor Dr. Ryan K. Smith for a tour highlighting oral history projects by his students.
Annual Headstone Dedication - Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2PM
Join the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery in dedicating all the headstones/monuments installed within the last year. They include 21 military markers and 3 civilian markers.
Spring Cleanup Day - Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9AM to 4PM
Please join us as we prepare the cemetery for our dedication ceremony to be held on April 29th. Please dress as you would when working in your own yard. Bring gloves, sunscreen, a hat, and please wear closed-toe shoes. Donations of water and snacks are welcome.
Peter Francisco Day and a Revolutionary War Tour - Sunday, March 11, 2018, 3PM - 5PM
Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Peter Francisco. There will be a special guided tour focusing on Patriots of the American Revolutionary War, as well as heroes of the 1811 Richmond Theatre fire.
John Marshall Day - Saturday, February 3, 2018, 2PM - 3PM
Join us as we celebrate John Marshall Day as declared by the Virginia General Assembly. The date commemorates the 217th anniversary of the date Marshall officially took office as Chief Justice of the United States. FoSHC board member Jeffry Burden will lead a special guided tour that will explore Marshall's family, friends, and associates.
Dr. Daniel Norton Day - Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 12PM - 1PM
Join us as we celebrate the life of Dr. Daniel Norborne Norton, namesake of the Norton grape. January 23rd will mark the 176th anniversary of his death, and has been declared Dr. Daniel Norton Day in the City of Richmond, Virginia.