ECW Weekender: Upcoming Events at the Congressional Cemetery

As the end of October approaches, are you looking for a historic cemetery to explore? Or have you ever heard of a 5K race through an old graveyard?

Located in Washington D.C., the Congressional Cemetery has been a marked burial ground since 1798 and an official cemetery since 1807. Through the early 19th Century nearly every congressman who died in office was buried at this location. After the Civil War, Arlington National Cemetery took over in prominence, but the local preservation efforts followed by national assistance maintains the Congressional Cemetery today.

Congressional Cemetery (photo from website)

If you’re looking for an adventure in a old cemetery (with Civil War ties!), check out their calendar of events. You could “race for your life” in their 5K which begins with the tolling of a funeral bell or take a more leisurely and informative weekend tour with their guides to learn more about the history of the cemetery.

Events Page:

Not able to visit in person? The Cemetery has developed some excellent online resources, including a virtual tour and a photo archive of the tombstones.

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