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“Historical and serene”

Congressional Cemetery
Ranked #147 of 446 things to do in Washington DC
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Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Historical and serene”
Reviewed 5 November 2012 via mobile

A most interesting place. Beautiful monuments abound. Burial grounds for some of Washington's most famous. Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and countless other Congressmen and Senators are buried here, along with FBI legend J. Edgar Hoover and Eldridge Geary. Who is Eldridge Geary? Founding Father, Diplomat, only Signer of the Declaration of Independence buried within the District of Columbia, Gov of Massachusetts, and Fifth Vice President of the United States. And the Father of Gerrymandering, which was named after him.

The cemetery also enjoys modern use as a dog walk, so please keep the people gate closed at all times.

The cemetery is in the shadow of RFK Stadium, so parking is non- existent on game days.

1 Thank DCHinckley
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
193 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“After dozens of trips to D.C., an interesting, off the beaten path, activity.”
Reviewed 13 October 2012

Not a top 10 attraction, but worth a visit if you've seen most of D.C. and have an interest in graveyards. Still an active graveyard, with an interesting variety of tombstone architecture starting in the 1700's. You will see 100's of cenotaphs, which are memorial tombs for past congressmen, most without actual bodies underneath.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank garhuff
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Alexandria, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great historical site, off the beaten path!”
Reviewed 20 June 2012

Close in proximity to Eastern Market, it is a bit of a hidden gem. Since it was one of the first things established in the area, we learned the actual land was never touched by a bulldozer; all intact since the beginning.

The grounds are lovely and probably nice to just walk anytime. But, we got a lot out of our tour with Steve Hammond, who does the monthly Civil War tour. Due to all the figures we heard about connected to the Lincoln assassination - I wish I had done the Ford's Theatre museum right before to be reminded of the people! But, so many interesting stories! And wonderful to see Sousa, Hoover, others too.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank nwlilac
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Columbus, Mississippi
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Congressional Cemetery”
Reviewed 26 January 2012

This cemetery has been around since 1807. It is not spectacular like the Supreme Court; however, it is an interesting NON-COMMERCIAL, nearby location within the District of Columbia, not frequented by crowds. Approximately 55,000 rest here, some of them Members of Congress (MC), military and government officials. wives and a number of ordinary citizens. There are a number of cenotaphs (empty graves) for MC’s who lie elsewhere.

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery maintains the cemetery. The Cemetery is owned by Christ Church, 620 G Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. The Association is a “non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation,” and has a long-term lease to operate all aspects of the cemetery operations. I cannot provide the web address for the cemetery as www.traveladvisor.com incorrectly thinks both the church and Association are commercial operations. However, if you SEARCH, on line, for “congressional cemetery,” you might find the Association web site with more information and detailed directions.
The cemetery is not as large as Arlington National cemetery. Apparently there was an era when it was not well maintained but this is not the case today.

You can find an individual with the "Search" box on the right side, as you enter. You can hear audio stories and read bios of some of our famous "residents" in the walking tour section, and see our efforts in stone and vault preservation.

Be careful where you step as dog owners walk dogs there in the afternoons.

Visited September 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great historical site!”
Reviewed 2 January 2008

This renovated cemetery is the final resting place to many well known people as well as many just as influential lesser know people. It has been renovated through the funds generated from turning it into a dog park. Owners by passes to bring their pooches into the cemetery, and the proceeds have fixed the place up. Grab a map on the way in and start exploring!

2 Thank liskaan
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