Loading Events

Originally created for Mother’s Day visitors, this tour focuses exclusively on women for whom motherhood was central to their identities, their lives and sometimes their deaths.  Women celebrated on this tour may have been biological mothers, such as Lucy Bell, who devoted her life to fighting for her family’s freedom from slavery, and expectant mother Sarah Reed,  who died reportedly trying to save her stepchildren during the explosion of the steamship Wawaset.  Others are metaphorical, like Mother of Gay Rights Barbara Gittings, or whimsical, like Flora Darling, founder of “Daughters of” organizations, such as the DAR.  Walk among two centuries of motherhood at Congressional as we honor the public and private roles of some of our female residents.

Please be aware that the cemetery is open to dogs on Sundays, so please only visit if you’re comfortable with off-leash pups.

$5 per person. Comfortable attire is strongly encouraged.

Meet the docent inside the front gate and the tour is rain or shine.