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Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) writes, “The cemetery is an open space among the ruins, covered in winter with violets and daisies. It might make one in love with death, to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place.” Okay, okay, let’s not get carried away. Most likely if you’re reading this description you already consider yourself a cemetery enthusiast, a taphophile, or a tombstone tourist. Or perhaps you’re interested in the historical aspects of cemeteries and the historical figures who are interred there. Maybe you simply see beauty in the monuments. Cemeteries and graveyards are places of history, places of beauty, and places with elaborate art museums and sculpture gardens. Many contain some of the finest examples of native trees and historic roses in the Commonwealth. This group focuses on visiting the cemeteries and graveyards in the Greater Richmond, VA area through walking tours, historic events, and lectures.

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