In year 1820 and in recognition that the public burial space on the grounds of St. Johns Church was at full capacity, the city proceeded to enclose four acres of property across from the old Almshouse. This space originally known as the New Burying Ground was surrounded by a brick wall and later expanded to today's 12 .7 acres.
Shockoe Hill Cemetery is the final resting place of many famous people. These include Revolutionary War hero Peter Francisco, Chief Justice John Marshall, and Union Spy Elizabeth Van Lew to name a few. Intermingled with them are the elite, the working class, and the poor.
While exploring the cemetery markers, you will also discover the rich blend of immigrants to the City of Richmond. Our history comes alive as you see the names, countries of origin, and public and military service records of those buried here. For fans of Edgar Allan Poe, you can no doubt walk in his footsteps where he visited the graves of John and Francis Allan, Jane Stanard, and Sarah Elmira Royster Shelton.
You can also discover some of the approximately 30,000 residents of Shockoe Hill Cemetery at FindaGrave