Shockoe Hill Cemetery and its friends will be active over the next several weeks.
First, congratulations to Alyson L. Taylor-White, for the publication of her new book on the cemetery, entitled Shockoe Hill Cemetery: A Richmond Landmark History (History Press, 2017). Alyson has led tours at Shockoe Hill Cemetery for many years and brings its details to life. She will be giving several book talks in the area, including one at the Library of Virginia on Tuesday, August 22 at noon.
Next, the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery are offering many public events. There will be:
- a dedication of the new monuments to horticulturalist Dr. Daniel Norton and his son Norborne on Sunday, September 10 at 2:00pm
- a book fair fundraiser featuring Richmond authors on Sunday, September 24 from 1:00-5:00 p.m., at the Round House in Byrd Park
- a clean-up day on Saturday, October 7, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the cemetery, with master gardener Diane Enroughty giving a presentation on care for cradle graves
- free cemetery tours on Sundays at 2:00pm.
- September 3 features Clayton Shepherd whose theme will be the Richmond Light Infantry Blues
- September 17 features yours truly discussing the first burials in the cemetery
- October 1 features Taylor Cowardin whose theme will be Shockoe Hill notables
- October 16 features Clayton Shepherd
All of this is a result of the hard work and dedication of a core group of volunteers who are always looking for others to join them. See the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery’s Facebook page for the most updated information.