Historic Cemeteries in Washington DC

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Historic Cemeteries In DC

Washington DC is a place that has a long-drawn history, with numerous political and historical events having unfolded at various junctures. Many of the people involved in these have been laid to rest in the cemeteries within the city. Below are some of the most historically important cemeteries that you can visit on your Private Tour Washington DC.

Congressional Cemetery

One of the oldest cemeteries in the city, the Congressional Cemetery houses the remains of some of the influential personalities in its grounds. The names include famous composer John Philip Sousa, former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and Presidents William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, and John Quincy Adams. The place is also used for public display of bodies until their burial. It is located on the banks of Anacostia River.

Arlington National Cemetery

This is one of the more frequented cemeteries in the city. It houses the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy. The place also has the famous Tomb of the Unknowns, which is dedicated to all the American soldiers who died and failed to have their bodies identified. You will also find a guided tour through the cemetery which gives an insight into the famous personalities buried here, and the history related to them.

Woodlawn Cemetery

This cemetery is known for containing the grave of Blanche Bruce, the first black person to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate. Overall, this cemetery is famous for housing the resting places of several important African-Americans in history. This includes abolitionist Wilson Bruce Evans and Mercer Langston, first Dean of Howard University School of Law.

Oak Hill Cemetery

This cemetery occupies a space of 22-acres and houses a Gothic-style chapel that was constructed back in 1850. The chapel was designed by James Renwick. The whole space resembles a countryside graveyard and it is the resting place of Katherine Graham, a former Washington Post publisher. The cemetery also has a botanical garden inside it.

Mount Olivet Cemetery

This graveyard is known for the beautiful installations such as memorials and sculptures inside it. Besides, it is also the resting place of several of America’s important personalities. This includes Henry Wirz, the Confederate officer in charge of Andersonville prison, James Hoban, the original White House architect, and Mary Surratt, the first woman executed by the federal government for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It is also located close to the National Arboretum.

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