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Welcome to Historic Congressional Cemetery

Leave your legacy here.

Burial sites are still available to the general public at this historic cemetery!

Historic Landmark

Non-Profit

Diverse and Inclusive

Animal Friendly

Congressional Cemetery is a 35-acre historic yet active burial ground located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. 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 financed 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. Find out more about their amazing stories by exploring the Cemetery’s website or by reserving a spot on a guided tour April through October, Saturdays at 11 a.m. or Sundays at 1 p.m.

You can leave your own legacy among these intriguing individuals through permanent memorialization. Plots of different price points are available for purchase in all sections of the cemetery, each with unique historical landscapes, features, monuments and historic figures. Preplanning of funeral and burial arrangements is highly encouraged.

Historic Congressional Cemetery is an interdenominational burial ground and accommodates several types of interments, from eco-friendly green burials and inurnments to traditional casket burials.

The Cemetery also features a new section called the Kingdom of Animals. The first and only of its kind in Washington D.C, this section is designated specifically for pets’ cremated remains.

Located at 1801 E. St., Southeast in Washington D.C., we serve the families of Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas in Virginia and Maryland. Specific Maryland cities we cater to include Baltimore, Silver Spring and Hyattsville. We also serve families in the following Virginia cities and their surrounding areas: Alexandria, Arlington, Fredericksburg, Richmond and Norfolk.

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 by appointment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To make an appointment, email staff@congressionalcemetery.org.

For more information, call us at 202-543-0539.

The Cemetery is closed:
– During Funerals and Special Events
– To wheeled devices (with the exception of strollers and medical devices)
– To dogs every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Cemetery Hours

Daily
Dawn – Dusk

Business Hours

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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