A full month of walking tours from the folks at the Valentine Richmond History Center:
Hollywood Cemetery: Symbolism and Monument Styles Specialty Walking Tour* (2-4pm)
If cemeteries could talk, what could they tell you about those buried there? Learn to interpret the spiritual, occupational, vegetal and fraternal signs and symbols found on Hollywood’s headstones and ironworks. Discover the historical origins of the many monument styles including cradle stones, pyramids, pier stones, mausoleums and reliquaries. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.
The Alleys and Parks of the Fan Walking Tour (2-4pm)
The branching avenues that give the Fan its characteristic fan shape form several triangular green spaces, including Harrison Street Park, Lombardy Park and Monroe Park. Stroll through these, as well as some of the landscaped alleys and hidden gardens of the Fan. Meet at Meadow Park, at the intersection of Meadow, Park and Stuart avenues.
Hollywood Cemetery Specialty Walking Tour* (2-4pm)
An extension of the daily “Highlights” tour, this version covers in more detail the cemetery’s unique history, landscape design, architecture, symbols and residents. Meet at the cemetery entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.
History Hounds Explore Monument Avenue Walking Tour (10am-12pm)
Dogs are invited to join their owners for this walking tour of Monument Ave., in partnership with the Richmond SPCA. Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others and remain on a leash. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their dogs. Space is limited. Reservations: (804) 649-0711 x301. Meet at the Lee Monument at Allen and Monument avenues.
Oregon Hill Walking Tour (2-4pm)
Settled by Irish and Welsh ironworkers in the 1840’s, Oregon Hill is one of the oldest intact neighborhoods in Richmond and continues to thrive as a tight-knit, working class neighborhood. Includes a visit to St. Andrew’s Church and School. Meet at Laurel and Idlewood streets.
Hollywood Cemetery: The Civil War Specialty Walking Tour* (2-4pm)
From the Pyramid to the gravesite of Jefferson Davis, high above the James River, Hollywood Cemetery is the final resting place for thousands of Confederates. Come visit the graves of such notables as J.E.B. Stuart, George Pickett, Fitzhugh Lee, Jefferson Davis and many others whose stories continue to capture our imagination 150 years after the Civil War began. Meet at the cemetery entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.
Carver Walking Tour (2-4pm)
First settled by Jewish and German tradespeople, Carver became a vibrant African American neighborhood in the early 1900’s and today is a mix of students, singles, young families and elderly residents. The walk passes schools, churches, businesses and examples of Greek Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne style architecture. Meet near the flagpole at Maggie Walker Governor’s School, 1000 N. Lombardy Street (at W. Leigh).
Valentine walking tours are $10 ($5 for History Center members). You may purchase tickets online; tour guides only accept cash or check if paying on-site.