July 27, 7:30 am Oregon Hill & Hollywood Cemetery

Compared to our other hikes, this is much more history and less hiking. This is a good opportunity for those interested in gaining a personal perspective on many of the distinguished people interned at Hollywood Cemetery.

If you prefer hiking without much history, then this one is not for you.

Our 5.8 mile 4 1/2 hour hike will begin at Stuart Circle, traverse one mile through the finest street in the Fan, then through the VCU campus and to Oregon Hill and finally to Hollywood Cemetery.

There we will visit twenty seven of Hollywood Cemetery's most notable graves and monuments. Examples are "JEB" Stuart, the Iron Dog, General George Pickett, John Randolph of Roanoke, two US Presidents and the Mayo family.

We'll then return to Stuart Circle.

Parking is available on the 4th level of the parking structure behind the First English Lutheran Church located at the south west quadrant of Stuart Circle.

This is the address for the first English Lutheran Church is 1603 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA 23220
The parking structure in behind the church.






















































The following is an advertisement of sorts and a request from Dennis Bussey, leader of James River Hikers.

Some Meet-up groups charge a fee for participating in events.  I have never done that and don't intend to.  I would however like each of you members to make a contribution to the James River Park System.  I emphasize this is completely voluntary and is not obligatory.

Your contribution would be in the form of a James River Park System license plate.  Here's mine:

DMV informs that, "As a revenue-sharing plate, after the sale of the first 1,000 qlalifying plates, $15 of the $25 fee is transferred to Friends of the James River Park and used to support its programs.   The first 1,000 have been achieved, and therefore your registration will in effect be a $15 donation which will be repeated annually upon renewal.

You'll find details on ordering the plates here:


My challenge to you to order a license plate is also in the form of a contest.   Here's how it will work:

- I am setting up a "Meet-up" for Christmas Day December 25, 2013.  We will not get together Christmas Day, but this will be a way to establish a contest end date as well as to record and monitor how many have ordered plates.

- Your YES RSVP to that Meet-up will indicate you have ordered a plate.

- For each 50 members who order a license plate by Christmas there will be one prize of a James River Hiker - Hiking with History shirt.  For example, for 200 license plates there will be 4 shirts; for 600, 12 shirts etc. (Notice I'm thinking BIG.) Your prize shirt will be inscribed as you prefer either with your name (i.e. not Dennis Bussey) or no name at all.

- The winners will be selected via lottery drawing at the first meet-up hike following Christmas Day.

How about join Ralph White, former manager of the James River Park System and me and get yourself the coolest license plate in the state?





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  • Ed

    Hey everyone! I skipped this meetup as I felt like I needed some strenuous exercise. So I hiked Old Rag mountain instead. 7.6 miles round trip, 1000 foot elevation increase, also has a stretch of at least a mile maybe more where you scramble over and through rocks. Two weeks from yesterday I plan to do another strenous hike in Nelson countu of anyone is interested! It's called "The Priest". http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/ThePriest/

    July 28, 2013

  • Monica B.

    Yes, St. Andrews was definitely a highlight. You should add a tour of historical churches to your roster.

    July 27, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    The weather Angels continue to be kind as we did another late July Richmond hike with cloudy skies and pleasant temperatures. Today was one of our shortest distance hikes at 4.74 miles which we covered in 4 hr 10 minutes.
    We did the "Part A" Hollywood Cemetery hike which covers the parts away from the river.
    We had the good fortune of coming across three people who made our hike more interesting.
    One was a leader from the St. Andrew's Church in Oregon Hill who showed us the sanctuary and discussed its history.
    Another Was "Mabel" who has worked at Hollywood Cemetery for 15+ years and was kind enough to provide us a "true" map of the cemetery and even her email for the benefit of future grave identifications. Finally we arrived at the "Iron Dog" at the same moment as a group led by the Valentine Historical Society who permitted me to tell both groups my 2 versions of the dog story. Then he told his version which was consistent to mine with some additional details.

    July 27, 2013

  • Jack W.

    I am glad we got see the interior of St. Andrews.

    July 27, 2013

  • Diana B.

    Awesome morning. Yes - Dennis is the best and I enjoyed meeting the group today.

    July 27, 2013

  • Jean C. H.

    It was fun and informative. Dennis is the best!!!

    July 27, 2013

  • Monica B.

    Awesome..so much history! And hills!

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dennis is the most enthusiastic guide there is.

    July 27, 2013

  • Sue L.

    Sorry I have to cancel

    July 27, 2013

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