Tour of Congressional Cemetery

06/22/2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Congressional Cemetery
1801 E St SE
Washington, DC 20003

10 – 11 am at Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 (map). The cemetery is located 4 blocks east of Potomac Avenue metro stop (Blue, Orange and Silver lines) and 3 blocks south of the Stadium-Armory metro stop (Blue, Orange and Silver Lines.)

Founded in 1807 as the Washington Parish Burial Ground, Congressional Cemetery became America’s first de facto national cemetery, predating Arlington Cemetery by almost 60 years. It is still an active, privately-owned cemetery today with over 65,000 individuals buried or memorialized at the cemetery, including many who helped form the nation and the city of Washington. ANV has arranged for a private docent-led tour of the cemetery which will provide us with the historical background of the cemetery with highlights including Dolly Madison, the Civil War and President Lincoln, and John Phillips Sousa. We will also learn about the neighborhood’s efforts to restore the cemetery, while we walk through the cemetery and its beautiful surroundings.

The tour will last an hour. We will primarily stay on footpaths; however, some of the ground can be uneven. If needed, there are plenty of benches available to take a rest. Please RSVP by June 19. You may RSVP by replying to this email at ( or by calling the office at 703-509-8057 – please be sure to include the name of the event, and name of each attendee, along with their email and/or phone number. Open to members and volunteers.