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
Note that many graves do not have markers. Some graves never had markers, some have been lost or destroyed over time, some have receded into the ground and are slowly being found and recovered through our efforts.
To assist you in locating grave locations we have included a plat map. Clicking on this link will present a small map image. By clicking on the small image you can then expand the image on your smart device or scroll left/right/up/down on your PC.
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Richmond Cemeteries is an excellent source of information on this and other historic cemeteries in the area.