Shooting Journal: Richmond, Virginia

On a recent trip to Richmond, Virginia, we found this to be a very photogenic place, from the guard geese on Church Hill to Hollywood Cemetery and to Agecroft Hall, an Elizabethan manor house imported from England in the 1920's and reassembled above the James River.

During the morning walk around Church Hill, we were startled by a pair of geese intent, it appeared, on attack. They made more noise than the average dog and were at least as intimidating, while being cute at the same time. We would have thought differently had we been bitten, I imagine.

Hollywood Cemetery, above the James River, is picturesque and historic. There are numerous Civil war memorials as well as one to Jefferson Davis. Two U.S. presidents-Tyler and Monroe- are buried here . There is a map at the entrance, as well as a parking lot but the road is wide enough for vehicles. The cemetery is hilly and was full of spring blossoms the day we visited. Old tombstones always appeal to me as subjects and the view of the river was pleasing.

Later, we visited Agecroft Hall. The organization that manages it now does not allow photography inside the building although tours are available and very well done. It feels like a step back in time and the docents are full of historical details that bring it to life. Outdoors, however, there is no prohibition on photos and the gardens were wonderful. I would have liked to spend much more time there - on future trips, hopefully.

Agecroft Gardens 1

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Agecroft Gardens 2

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