In Podcast #6 the Virginia Trekkers take you to Hollywood Cemetery.   Find out which two of our country’s presidents are buried here.  See Richmond’s very own pyramid and discover why it was built.   Learn why Confederate soldiers’ tombstones are shaped differently than Union soldiers’ tombstones. Visit the family tomb of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, and explore the history behind some of the most fascinating grave sites.  Come on!  Let’s go trekking!

One of the fanciest tombs in Hollywood cemetery belongs to Lewis Ginter.  He was a wealthy tobacco businessman who fought in the Civil War.  He gave away much of his wealth to improve the city of Richmond.  His donations helped create many famous landmarks in Richmond such as the Jefferson Hotel, Ginter Park, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, and Union Theological Seminary.

Click here to read more about Lewis Ginter.

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SOL Correlation:

VS.7b The student will demonstrate knowledge of the issues that divided our nation and led to the Civil War by

a) identifying the events and differences between northern and southern states that divided Virginians and led to secession, war, and the creation of West Virginia;

b) describing Virginia’s role in the war, including identifying major battles that took place in Virginia.

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