Author: Ryan Smith

  • New Richmond National book

    Several years ago, I met JoAnn Meaker, a transplant to central Virginia from upstate New York. She was one of the few people I’ve ever met outside the National Park Service or the Veterans Administration who had a sustained interest in researching Richmond National Cemetery. Part of her interest arose from a family connection to […]

  • Evergreen’s new owner

    Today, the Enrichmond Foundation, a local umbrella organization that helps channel charitable funds to area groups, announced that it has acquired Evergreen Cemetery. John Sydnor is executive director. Its press release states: “Enrichmond is dedicated to making Evergreen’s sacred grounds public and accessible to all – most especially to family members of those interred. The […]

  • HB 1547

    On May 17, 2017, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed HB 1547, which provides funds for the maintenance of historic African American graves in the state. There are several caveats. First, the cemetery must have been established prior to 1900 and be the property of a government or 501c3 charitable organization. Second, the allocations will be […]

  • New start/a little history part 3

    To end the suspense, I now bring us up to 2017, with the remainder of the old site’s comments: On July 24, 2017, I celebrated Brian Palmer for hitting the big leagues on behalf of East End Cemetery: “Noteworthy editorial in the New York Times by Brian Palmer on East End/Evergreen, January 7, 2017. Great […]

  • New start/a little history part 2

    Continuing my history of my historical website focusing on historical sites, for 2015: On March 10, 2015, I publicly stated that I was “Taking the plunge now – I have started writing an overall history of Richmond’s historic cemeteries. Hopefully will lead to upgrades throughout the site here. So far, I have rough drafts of […]

  • New start/a little history

    Thanks to some startup funding from the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, I was able to hire art/tech wizard Harry Herskowitz recently to help me redesign the original site, which I had migrated to We have greatly improved the functionality of the site, rescaling it for different devices and introducing more map elements. […]