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Historic Congressional Cemetery
Congressional Cemetery is a 35 acre historic active burial ground located on Capitol Hill. Initially known as the Washington Parish Burial Ground, the cemetery became the first truly national burial ground as Congress bought sites, buried noted civil servants and funded the infrastructure.
Among the 67,000 burials at Congressional are scores of noteworthy citizens who left their mark on the city and the nation. Congressional Cemetery, with the first burial in 1807, is among the oldest institutions in D.C. and the final resting place for scores of individuals who were instrumental in the founding of the nation and its new capital city. In addition, it is the only place in Washington where one can be buried in a site directly on Pierre L'Enfant's original plan for the city.
Congressional Cemetery was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011 and continues to build upon the legacy of over 200 years of American History. Historic Congressional Cemetery is administered by the nonprofit Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery and owned by Christ Church, Washington Parish. The Association is constantly striving to maintain the historic, cultural and aesthetic qualities of this natural landscape along the Anacostia River.
Unique to Congressional Cemetery: Notable burials include John Philip Souse, the March King, Mathew Brady and Elbridge Gerry. Veterans from every American war can be found here.
The cemetery is open from dawn to dusk daily.
Capacity, Classroom-style: 50