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Adopt-a-Plot Program at Congressional Cemetery

Published Thu, 21 Sep 2017

The Adopt-a-Plot Program plays a key role in the preservation and beautification of Congressional Cemetery. Our program provides individuals, groups, organizations, and companies with the opportunity to play an important and active role in preserving, enhancing, and maintaining Congressional Cemetery’s … Continue reading


A Runner’s Perspective: Dead Man’s Run

Published Thu, 07 Sep 2017

We could go on and on about why you should run Dead Man’s Run, a race which is now in its SEVENTH year. Caps lock because we can’t believe it either. But if you won’t take our word for it, … Continue reading


Adventurer, Veteran, Secret Service Chief, Interrogator, and More: The Surprisingly Exciting Life of Col. William P. Wood

Published Thu, 24 Aug 2017

As I flipped through file folder upon file folder of mere death certificates and lengthy, obscure family histories, my eyes were immediately drawn in by an obituary sub-headline in one file: “LIFE A CONTINUOUS MELODRAMA.” The man behind the melodrama? … Continue reading


Not Written in Stone or Bone

Published Thu, 10 Aug 2017

The staff here often refer to cemeteries as outdoor museums. Our “collection” on the grounds consists of over 14,000 headstones, each one in need of proper care and conservation, and each one has a written story to tell. Some stories … Continue reading


Adam Gurowski: A Polish Eccentric and Lincoln’s Intellectual Foe

Published Thu, 27 Jul 2017

When President Abraham Lincoln told his bodyguard about whom he feared potentially assassinating him the most, it wasn’t the disgruntled, Confederate-sympathizing actor John Wilkes Booth. Rather, it was a somewhat bizarre Polish man who had renounced his old citizenship, became … Continue reading


And You Thought I Was Done with Introductions: Meet Our New Grounds Conservation Manager, Kymberly Mattern

Published Thu, 13 Jul 2017

Now that our previous Grounds Conservation Manager, Daniel Holcombe, has moved on to a new job, it’s time to welcome our new one, Kymberly Mattern! This Northern Virginia native recently moved back to the region upon completing her graduate studies. … Continue reading


The Dead Tell the Best Stories: An App Review

Published Thu, 29 Jun 2017

Do you love interesting stories about our Cemetery’s “residents?” Of course you do! You’re following the Congressional Cemetery blog. You’re in great company, because so does Liz Ruskin, a woman who works in public radio, brings her dog Lola to … Continue reading


Introducing…The Summer Interns!

Published Thu, 15 Jun 2017

In keeping with Cemetery intern tradition, I figured that I should go ahead and formally introduce myself and our other summer intern to the fabulous readers of this blog! My name is Katelyn Belz, and I am this summer’s Programming, … Continue reading


Then Fix It, Dear Henry!

Published Tue, 18 Apr 2017

Here’s a common complaint and concern we often receive at the Cemetery: “I see so many fallen headstones in the cemetery. Why don’t you fix them?” If you’ve traipsed around your share of historic cemeteries then you’re used to seeing … Continue reading


Congressional Cemetery’s Giant

Published Thu, 20 Oct 2016

  At Congressional Cemetery, we have a giant in our midst. Varying accounts place resident John Turner at different heights: a Washington Post article claims that he was 7 foot 7 inches, while a contemporary surgeon inflated his height considerably … Continue reading