COVID-19 – Cemetery UPDATE – May 27, 2020
Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced the roll out of the Phase One opening for the District of Columbia. The leadership of Historic Congressional Cemetery is engaged in a thorough discussion to establish a safe and phased re-opening of the cemetery, for staff, dog walkers, and other visitors. The cemetery will NOT be reopening at 9:00 am on May 29 but will open as soon thereafter as is prudent for the safety of all affected. An announcement with details of the reopening plan will be made as soon as possible.
Cemetery Office: The HCC administrative office is closed as our staff works remotely during this extraordinary public health crisis. Families and clients can contact us by phone at 202-543-0539 where we will be monitoring messages or can email email@example.com for assistance with essential business activities. We are providing limited burial services only at this time with less than ten individuals allowed for burials.
Site Sales: Our staff is available, by appointment, to assist families with the purchase of burial space if a death has occurred or is imminent. Until further notice, we will not be scheduling pre-need sales appointments.
Burial Services: We will continue to perform limited burial services as needed.
Memorial Services: We have suspended the use of the chapel and other spaces at HCC for memorial services until further notice.
Public Programs: All public programs and tours are canceled or postponed until further notice.
The HCC team will continue to update social media with announcements about any further changes to our daily operations.
Congressional Cemetery is a 35 acre historic yet active burial ground located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Initially known as the Washington Parish Burial Ground, Congressional became the first truly national burial ground as Congress bought sites, buried noted civil servants, and funded the infrastructure.
Among the nearly 70,000 burials at Congressional are scores of noteworthy citizens who left their mark on the city and the nation. Sites are still available for sale to anyone that may be interested in joining these intriguing individuals. Find out more about their amazing stories by exploring the Cemetery’s web site or joining a free Saturday tour April through October at 11:00 AM.
The Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that operates all aspects of the cemetery according to a long term lease with the property owner, Christ Church Washington Parish. Please join the Association and help launch its third century of service to the Nation’s Capital.
The cemetery is open from dawn to dusk daily. The business office is open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.