Our cemetery is unique by offering several types of interment and entombment solutions. As laid out in the original city plans for burial accommodations, the standard plots measure 3 feet by 8 feet. Depending on the depth, two complete remains or up to 8 cremation urns can be buried in one traditional site. In addition, all the historical sections have additional burial sites for humans available.
Traditional Burial: Fees for traditional burial are assessed according to specific needs such as grave depth and if you desire to have an optional grave liner. The installation of a memorial monument is also not required but is permitted within specific generous guidelines. For example, the memorial must all be contained within the confines of the plot space surface dimension.
Green Burial: Recognized by the Green Burial Council, ecologically friendly burial practices can be fully supported at Congressional Cemetery. There is no requirement for embalming or grave lining vaults. The body should be contained in a readily biodegradable casing such as a wicker or unadulterated pine casket. A compostable burial shroud is also acceptable.
In-Ground Inurnment: The burial of cremated remains is an excellent disposition option for many families seeking a more permanent place of memorial for their loved ones. The ashes will need to be contained in a burial urn, box, or shroud. No liner is required but can be installed as an outer burial container if desired.
Cremation Bench Sites: The Congressional Cemetery offers sites where a cremation bench can be installed in your loved one’s memory. The bench itself is designed to receive the deceased’s inurned or shrouded ashen remains. You could think of the bench as an outer burial container that acts as a memorial monument.
Columbarium Niches: We are also pleased to offer an additional above-ground burial solution for cremated bodies within our columbarium niches. These structures are designed with individualized, secure spaces for the burial of individual cremains.
Congressional Cemetery now has a segment of the cemetery that provides space for pet burial. This “Kingdom of Animals” offers a dignified and accessible place to lay your furry friends to rest. The section is separated by fencing from the human internment areas within the establishment. After many years of research, budgeting, and planning, this site was formed. The community has well-received it as something needed for cemeteries in Alexandria, VA, and the surrounding areas.
As part of the ongoing caretaking need to beautify and maintain this beloved site, much of our funding comes from our K9 memberships. Membership is annually renewed. The benefit of this membership is access to walk your dog off-leash on our 35+ acre establishment. We also rely on the dogs as unofficial watch guards. Would-be vandals and vagrants tend to shy away from the presence of these beloved animals.
Other funding solutions come through our unique events, such as our summer Cinematery Movie Nights, Plot Twist Yoga, and tours that highlight the rich historical record of the burial park. Event tickets are required for official times or participating in any publicly held offerings like those just mentioned. Private event rentals are possible; please reach out to discuss your needs.
The uniquely designed and situated Congressional Cemetery is a jewel amongst cemeteries in Alexandria, VA. Seasonal guided and self-guided walking tours are available. The burial park is open daily from dawn to dusk. The soothing grounds are well maintained, and each visit will yield new insight and reflection. Please call (202) 543-0539 to make inquiries or schedule an appointment for pre-planning needs. We are located for your convenience at 1801 E St SE, Washington, DC 20003.