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Notable Military Figures Buried at Congressional Cemetery

The historic ground of Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC, is filled with military personalities from American Revolution to the present. Before our American Military History Tour, we thought we’d share some of the figures you will meet. Thomas Tingey Thomas Tingey’s place in Congressional Cemetery is notable for a few reasons. He helped establish the [...]

By |2022-10-03T07:19:14-04:00September 26th, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on Notable Military Figures Buried at Congressional Cemetery

3 US Presidents that were interred in the Public Vault

There are few more storied structures in Washington, DC, or Arlington County, VA, cemeteries than the public vault in Congressional Cemetery. The classical structure has existed since 1832. It is in the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmark. The vault was built in two years with Aquia Creek sandstone, the same material [...]

By |2022-10-03T07:12:57-04:00September 19th, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on 3 US Presidents that were interred in the Public Vault

Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a Headstone

When end-of-life planning, you might have a certain image of what you want your final resting place to look like. However, when selecting a headstone for cemeteries in Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, and environs, consider what you want relative to factors like regulations, cost, and durability. Below, we lay out these key considerations and [...]

By |2022-09-07T14:46:43-04:00September 12th, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a Headstone

6 Reasons Why We Use Headstones

Anyone who has visited a cemetery in Washington, DC, knows that headstones are an enduring and important part of the landscape. From humble beginnings to their modern iteration, headstones have evolved over time, each step forward driven by technological advancements as well as cultural norms. But why do we use headstones? Keep reading to find [...]

By |2022-09-07T14:38:30-04:00September 5th, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on 6 Reasons Why We Use Headstones

Why Do So Many Headstones Face East

During a guided tour or our annual Soul Strolls, you may have noticed many of the headstones face the east. This is not uncommon for cemeteries. Many graves in cemeteries from Arlington County, VA, to Washington, DC, have grave markers facing this direction. Why? From the religious to the practical, there are different contributing [...]

By |2022-10-03T06:53:18-04:00August 22nd, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on Why Do So Many Headstones Face East

Where to Bury Your Pet in Washington, DC

No one looks forward to losing their pet. Unfortunately, having one means signing up for the possibility of such eventuality someday. Our Washington, DC cemetery provides a befitting place to honor your beloved among the most distinguished when this happens. The pet section, or Kingdom of Animals as we call it, is a relatively [...]

By |2022-09-07T14:28:53-04:00August 15th, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on Where to Bury Your Pet in Washington, DC

Tips for Researching Your Ancestry at Cemeteries

If you are in Alexandria, VA setting out to explore cemeteries nearby for clues about your family history, you’ve already met part of the criteria by being curious. Now, keep reading for some tips on being as productive and efficient as possible in your search. 1. Finding the cemetery Pinpoint the cemetery Identifying an old [...]

By |2022-09-07T14:22:04-04:00August 8th, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on Tips for Researching Your Ancestry at Cemeteries

Get to Know Your Ancestry through Cemetery Records

If you are wondering about tracing your ancestry or where to begin, several resources are available, starting with Washington, DC cemeteries near you. Cemetery records are an excellent source for family history research. Of course, the closer the burial date to the present time, the more likely you are to get your answers. The [...]

By |2022-09-07T14:10:28-04:00August 1st, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on Get to Know Your Ancestry through Cemetery Records

Mathew Brady: The Father of Photojournalism

In the middle of July, 1863, a small group of men busily moved across the sweeping terrain of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. One of the men gazed towards a small hill known as Little Round Top, likely battling the sweltering heat as he focused and consulted his notes. Just a few weeks before, Little Round Top was [...]

By |2022-05-18T21:22:53-04:00May 17th, 2022|History|Comments Off on Mathew Brady: The Father of Photojournalism

Tragic Tales at Congressional Cemetery: Strange Deaths

This week’s blog post, which is about strange deaths, concludes the “Tragic Tales” blog series. The “strange deaths” category focuses on people who died in an unusual way. There are several people whose stories fit this category, but only four of them will be shared in this post. I hope that you will reflect on [...]

By |2019-07-26T13:49:58-04:00March 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tragic Tales at Congressional Cemetery: Strange Deaths
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