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Welcome to Historic Congressional Cemetery

COVID-19 UPDATE November 16, 2020

DC Phase TWO Partial Opening: Effective Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 8 a.m.

The Board, K9 Committee, and staff of Historic Congressional Cemetery are engaged in on-going, thorough discussions to establish a safe and phased reopening of the Cemetery for staff, K9 Corps members, and other visitors. Restrictions and rule changes will apply, so please read this carefully.

We acknowledge the multiple constituencies in the HCC community and want to assure you that we are making every effort to broaden access prudently. Above all, we remind K9 Corps members that the health and safety of our entire community are the highest priorities, and we ask that members be patient with one another and staff as the Cemetery figures out the best way to operate in a COVID-19 world. While the cemetery is open, that does not mean the virus has disappeared, so we will strictly operate under the DC Department of Health’s Guidance for Parks and Open Spaces.

Masks are mandatory, and the rules outlined below are still in effect. Thank you for doing your part in social distancing.

The Cemetery will be open to K9 Corps members, K9 day passers and loved ones of those buried here from 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday.

The Cemetery will be closed:
— for funerals
— on Mondays
— to dogs Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for family grave site visits
Text ‘DOG’ to 97063 for closure notifications.

No public visitors will be allowed.

Rules for Visiting:

Maintain social distancing with the gate checkers and have your dog on leash at the gate area.  Please be courteous to them and understand that they have been instructed to verify the membership of all individuals entering the Cemetery.

Gate checkers will ask for names and tag numbers for the entire 12-hour period we are open every day.

Each evening, a 15-minute warning bell will be sounded before the Cemetery closes. All gates will be locked at precisely 8 p.m., so plan your walk accordingly. We ask you to be particularly cognizant of time for your safety and for the safety and benefit of our gate checkers.

Please walk your dog only with immediate household and maintain social distancing from others not in your household.

For those with children, please ensure that they remain close to you and to respect social distancing restrictions with other visitors. Do not allow them to run around, climb on or in any way risk damage to headstones. Any violations may lead the Cemetery restricting access, so we ask you to be vigilant not only for yourself but for all K9 Corps members with children.

NOTE new permanent rule: The use or entry of wheeled devices, including but not limited to bikes, scooters (motorized or non-motorized), or self-balancing personal transporters, are strictly prohibited in the Cemetery. Individuals who have medical limitations and/or child/baby carriers are exempt from this prohibition.

Masks are mandatory when passing in and out of the main gate and we are following the Guidelines of the Government of the District of Columbia which state “people must still wear face coverings in public, practice social distancing, and practice good hygiene.”

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 staff@congressionalcemetery.org for assistance with essential business activities.

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.

Burial Services: We are providing limited burial services only at this time with less than twenty individuals allowed for burials.

Facilities: We are allowing limited use of the chapel and other spaces at HCC for memorial services or other commemorations with limited attendance.

Public Programs: Docents are conducting tours for ten people or less on Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at 1 p.m. for the month of November. Tours will end on November 29. Advanced registration is required.

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.

Cemetery Hours

Daily
Dawn – Dusk

Business Hours

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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