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Visit to Congressional Cemetery

Posted in Barney Circle, Capitol Hill, Congressional Cemetery on February 9, 2009 by Kent

Wm. WertCongressional Cemetery was first established by private citizens in 1807 and later given over to Christ Church, which gave it the name Washington Parish Burial Ground. By 1817 sites were set aside for government legislators and officials. The cemetery is still owned by Christ Church but is now managed by the Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery (APHCC).

Congressional Cemetery2I’ve been to the cemetery before, but was pleased to see upon this visit that there is a lot of work being done. Last time I remember a lot of mud. This time, I discovered the roads are being paved, brick walkways are being installed, and some of the monuments have been restored (but I have to say, most of the monuments are in great shape).

0151Being one of the older cemeteries, many of Washington’s prominent early residents are interred there. The cemetery is on the banks of the Anacostia River, and has some interesting monuments to see. I’ll highlight some of the more interesting things to see in the next couple of days.017