Adventurer, Veteran, Secret Service Chief, Interrogator, and More

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? Colonel William P. Wood, the rather multifaceted first chief of the Secret Service. While Wood [...]

By |2019-07-26T12:41:15-04:00August 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Not Written in Stone or Bone

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 are more detailed than others, but every headstone is a historical record that memorializes the [...]

By |2019-07-26T12:36:23-04:00August 10th, 2017|History|5 Comments

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

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 a spokesman for tsarist autocracy in Russia, and ultimately moved to the United States and [...]

By |2019-07-26T12:31:16-04:00July 27th, 2017|History|1 Comment

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

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. She studied History and Women’s and Gender Studies at Juniata College, which she described as [...]

By |2019-07-26T12:27:44-04:00July 13th, 2017|News|0 Comments

The Dead Tell the Best Stories: An App Review

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 the Cemetery, and has put together a truly engaging audio tour. This exclusive tour, aptly [...]

By |2019-07-26T12:25:21-04:00June 29th, 2017|News, Tours and Events|0 Comments

Introducing…The Summer Interns!

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, Writing, and Research intern here at Historic Congressional Cemetery. I’m a rising senior and unabashed [...]

By |2019-07-26T12:19:03-04:00June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Then Fix It, Dear Henry!

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 fallen headstones. It’s common, and there are a myriad number of reasons that this happens. [...]

By |2019-07-26T12:15:02-04:00April 18th, 2017|Landscape, Stone Stories|0 Comments

Congressional Cemetery’s Giant

Image from 1908 Washington Post article   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 to 8 feet 3 inches. Other studies [...]

By |2019-07-26T12:08:47-04:00October 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

We’re Dead Serious: Save These Dates.

The past few days in DC have been uncharacteristically cool for August, which naturally turns thoughts to fall and all the good things that come along with the season. Per usual, local stores have jumped the gun, proudly displaying Halloween decorations and pumpkin-everything in an effort to trick us all into believing the season is officially [...]

By |2019-07-26T12:06:05-04:00August 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

An Interview with Historic Congressional Cemetery’s Intern Darren Messing

By Hannah Miller Hello, friends of Historic Congressional Cemetery! It’s me again, Hannah.  I hope everyone has been enjoying their week and has had the opportunity to make it out to HCC at some point this summer! Being an intern has given me several amazing opportunities to spend time at the cemetery--attending the Twilight Tours, [...]

By |2019-07-26T11:59:34-04:00August 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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