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March 16, 1 pm Jackson Ward, Shockoe Hill Cemetery and eat at Bottom's Up Pizza



This will be the first time this popular hike has been scheduled on a weekend and also the first time a hike has been scheduled to begin in the afternoon.



This 7.5 mile hike begins at Stuart Circle where Monument Avenue meets Franklin Street. Parking can be arranged on the top level of the One Monument Avenue apartments parking structure behind 1st English Lutheran Church off Lombardy Street located at the southwestern side of Stuart Circle.


In Jackson Ward

we will see the Black History Museum,


"Bojangles" statue,


historical Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church founded by nationally celebrated Rev. John Jasper in 1867



and the Maggie Walker House. Maggie Walker was nationally acclaimed as a champion for oppressed blacks and women.


We'll then walk to Hebrew Cemetery (1816) where among other things we'll see the graves of 30 Jewish Confederate soldiers and the 1866 elaborate ornamental iron fence surrounding the plot.

Adjacent is the Shockoe Hill Cemetery (1822)

burial place of Chief Justice John Marshall (1835)

Revolutionary War Hero Peter Francisco

and Elizabeth Van Lew (1900) abolitionist and Union spy.


From there we'll walk to old City Hall

and then on to Shockoe Bottom and have a meal at Bottom's Up Pizza on 17th Street.


The return route will take us through Monroe Park and the campus of VCU.

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  • Traudel M.

    This was quite a memorable hike, albeit a very long one. It was awesome meeting some of Peter Francisco's descendants at his gravesite. One of the ladies there told me that he is actually believed to be abducted from one of the islands of the Azores, had three wives and a total of 4 children with two of those wives. There is a video on YouTube made by one of his descendants - also 6'6 tall - that claims 6 children. Also, the weight of the canon varies depending on whom you listen to, 1000 - 1200 pounds. But who cares? Anyway, it was a great afternoon. Thank you, Dennis. And it was nice meeting all of you.

    2 · March 17, 2013

  • Alye

    What a fantastic way to have spent this beautiful afternoon. Dennis you were wonderful and as always, your little history lessons were much appreciated. Can hardly wait for my next hike with you. Was a pleasure to meet everyone and look forward to seeing you all again on another great outdoor adventure.

    2 · March 16, 2013

  • Sarah O.

    This was a fantastic hike. Dennis is a hilarious and interesting guide. I learned so much about my city today and met some great people! Thanks Dennis!

    2 · March 16, 2013

  • Tracy

    This was a great hike. As always the company was great and we had some unexpected surprises along the way. As always Dennis is great with his quick wit and knowledge of the area. I had a blast.

    2 · March 16, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    Eight hikers dared it to rain on us though weather.com predicted a 70% probability, and we won. The weather was fabulous as we hiked, talked and dined together for 5 hours 16 minutes covering 7.75 miles. We stopped by the Maggie Walker house and viewed the 12 historical video of her life. We attended the annual Peter Francisco memorial ceremony at Shockoe Hill Cemetery hosted by his descendants. We saw Virginia Governor McDonald as he was departing his mansion. On our way home we had dinner together and finally got rained on the final 15 minutes before we finished.
    I can safely say we all had a great time!

    2 · March 16, 2013

  • Dell

    Sorry... I'm still at the DC Convention Center... 'll see you guys tomorrow.

    March 16, 2013

  • Melissa

    Disappointed about rain, but I'll make it next time.

    March 16, 2013

  • Sherry

    Looking forward to reschedule date

    March 16, 2013

  • Erika

    I'll have to change my RSVP due to the rain. I just got over being sick!

    March 16, 2013

  • mei z.

    I am new in town

    March 16, 2013

  • Susan T.

    O-o-p-p-s Overbooked myself. Hope you wil have this hike again.Looks like a great one!

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Am really disappointed I can't make this hike -have a sinus infection & am on antibiotics. Hope you will do this hike again on a Saturday.

    March 13, 2013

  • Becky B.

    Sooo sorry I won't be able to make it. Hope u do it again sometime.

    March 13, 2013

  • Erika

    Hi do we need to make our own arrangements for parking or do we just show up at the parking facility? Thanks and looking forward to it!

    March 12, 2013

    • Erika

      Thanks Rita!

      March 12, 2013

    • Casey

      I found this confusing last time, so you should know that the entrance says "residents only" or something to that effect.

      March 13, 2013

  • Drew G.

    I double booked for this day

    March 12, 2013

  • Melissa

    Can't wait.. is it rain or shine?

    March 12, 2013

  • Anne G.

    Looking forward to this hike and praying for good weather as well.

    March 12, 2013

  • Becky B.

    Looking forward to this hike. Hope the weather is good!

    March 11, 2013

8 went

  • Dennis B. +1
    Founder, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Alye
    "MG" - Dame, Hiked at Dawn 4 Times - Alye
  • Traudel M.
    Hikes with dogs - Traudel
  • Tracy
    Triple Treat Tracy Knightess hiked at dawn

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