Tomes & Tombs Book Club

Historic Congressional Cemetery Chapel 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC

Tombs and Tomes is Congressional Cemetery's book club. We meet every other month in our historic Chapel (unless otherwise noted), and we discuss primarily non-fiction books. Our book selections have no rhyme and reason; however, our choices tend to stray towards the macabre, as is natural for a cemetery book club. Our very first meeting was in September 2013 and we chose to read Stiff, by Mary Roach (pictured here with Doug Graves, Congressional Cemetery's mascot and NOT a real skeleton!). It's free to join, and mostly free to attend. For each meeting, we simply ask that you bring either a $5 donation or a bit of food or wine to share with the group. Extra points for brownies! Interested in learning more? Read our January 2014 blog post about Tombs and Tomes, or request to join our Goodreads group. Still interested? Email Sarah for more info and to RSVP for a meeting.

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Only at Congressional Guided Tour

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC

Join us for a guided tour of Congressional Cemetery, sharing the secrets and stories of this hidden gem. Among the 65,000 burials at Congressional are scores of noteworthy citizens who left their mark on the city and the nation. Find out more about their amazing stories. All tours meet inside the front gate of the [...]

$5
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Civil War Tour

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC

Join military historian Charles Bowery for a guided tour of the Civil War history at Congressional Cemetery.

$5
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Sunday Stroll in the Cemetery

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC

Docents may pick their favorite stories or give a specialized tour, rather than giving a standard broad look at the cemetery's history. Join us for a grab bag of history and lore! Our Sunday tours will begin at 1 pm, and will be an informal look at the history of Congressional Cemetery. Please be aware [...]

$5
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Only at Congressional Guided Tour

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC

Join us for a guided tour of Congressional Cemetery, sharing the secrets and stories of this hidden gem. Among the 65,000 burials at Congressional are scores of noteworthy citizens who left their mark on the city and the nation. Find out more about their amazing stories. All tours meet inside the front gate of the [...]

$5
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Congressional Unleashed: HCC and Man’s Best Friend

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC

Discover where the bones are buried in a Fido-friendly* tour of Congressional Cemetery.  This variation of our introductory tour highlights a selection of our most famous residents, many of whom were devoted to dogs.  You’ll learn about the origin of our celebrated K9 Corps and its vital role in HCC’s transformation from endangered historic site to national [...]

$5
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Sunday Stroll in the Cemetery

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC

Docents may pick their favorite stories or give a specialized tour, rather than giving a standard broad look at the cemetery's history. Join us for a grab bag of history and lore! Our Sunday tours will begin at 1 pm, and will be an informal look at the history of Congressional Cemetery. Please be aware [...]

$5
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Only at Congressional Guided Tour

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC

Join us for a guided tour of Congressional Cemetery, sharing the secrets and stories of this hidden gem. Among the 65,000 burials at Congressional are scores of noteworthy citizens who left their mark on the city and the nation. Find out more about their amazing stories. All tours meet inside the front gate of the [...]

$5

Sickness Unto Death Walking Tour

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC

The COVID Pandemic is but one of a long line of sicknesses that have ravaged this country and much of the world throughout human history.  Like many cities of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Washington DC had poor public sanitation that resulted in many deaths from the waves of cholera that swept the world [...]

$5
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Sunday Stroll in the Cemetery

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC

Docents may pick their favorite stories or give a specialized tour, rather than giving a standard broad look at the cemetery's history. Join us for a grab bag of history and lore! Our Sunday tours will begin at 1 pm, and will be an informal look at the history of Congressional Cemetery. Please be aware [...]

$5