Tragic Tales at Congressional Cemetery: Suicides

This week, four stories will be shared, all of which focus on people who, sadly, committed suicide. There were a wide range of known reasons why these people each committed suicide, including mental illness, heartbreak, work, and illness. We now have far more resources available for people struggling with suicidal thoughts and mental illness. If [...]

By |2019-07-26T13:38:34-04:00March 15th, 2018|History, Stone Stories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tragic Tales at Congressional Cemetery: Murder-Suicides

This week’s blog post focuses on murder-suicides. The story of a murder victim in a murder-suicide, and the stories of murderers in two failed murder-suicide attempts will be shared. Love, or infatuation, and jealousy seems to play a role in  several of the stories that have been shared. In several instances, the victim has been a [...]

By |2019-07-26T13:34:44-04:00March 8th, 2018|History, Stone Stories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tragic Tales at Congressional Cemetery: Murderers and Murder-Suicides

For the past two weeks, the stories that have been shared focused almost exclusively on murder victims. However, Congressional Cemetery is also the resting place to murderers. Since the line between murderers and murder-suicides isn't clearly defined, partially because many murderers end up committing suicide, murderers and murder-suicides have been grouped together.   Please remember: [...]

By |2019-07-26T13:30:38-04:00March 1st, 2018|History, Stone Stories, Uncategorized|1 Comment

The “Zincers”

As you walk through the cemetery, you may have come across a grave “stone” that is bluish-grey in color. These stones are called white bronze monuments, but they are actually made out of zinc. This example of a "white bronze" monument is located in Congressional Cemetery, near 17th street.          The Monumental [...]

By |2019-07-26T13:10:48-04:00November 18th, 2017|Stone Stories, 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

A Call for Arms

Though an elegant lady still honors the eternal resting place of Catherine J. Weller, her graceful arms outstretched to a cross have long retired to the basement of the gatehouse.  It is unclear how long the statue’s arms have been displaced, but evidence of previous failed repairs can be seen on the broken pieces.  [...]

By |2019-07-26T10:58:55-04:00January 28th, 2015|Stone Stories|0 Comments

Decoding a Military Hero’s Memorial

Imagery on memorial artwork, especially in the 19th century, was a mode of artistically expressing symbolic meaning and would have been effortlessly understood and recognized by onlookers. With an enduring military history, starting at the age of sixteen and best known for his victory at the Battle of Plattsburg in 1814, Macomb was a well-respected [...]

By |2019-07-26T09:18:46-04:00January 28th, 2014|Stone Stories|0 Comments