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Address: 1801 E St Southeast, Washington DC, DC
Phone Number: +1 202-543-0539
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Spooky Cemetery

I like cemetery tours and the history you get when you take them. I don't mean ghost tours, which have their own charm, but tours of the burials and the lovely stories about the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
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Shoreline
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Shoreline
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I like cemetery tours and the history you get when you take them. I don't mean ghost tours, which have their own charm, but tours of the burials and the lovely stories about the people who are there. Congressional Cemetery is 34 relatively level acres of land east of the capital about 15 minutes by cab, car, or Uber/Lyft. Close... More 

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Montgomery Village, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a good place to go for a stroll in the spring - a good alternative to the tidal basin and so much less crowded. When the cherry trees bloom, it is a very scenic place, including a chapel and wrought iron gates. There are some famous people buried there, like J. Edgar Hoover and John Phillip Sousa, and... More 

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Loomis, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

Many interesting individuals are buried here, and you sort of need to either do your own research or bring along a tour guide. A friend led us through the cemetery (kept up by volunteers) so we could hear the historical significance and the background of some of the people buried here.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

As someone who makes visiting the final resting places of the signers of the Declaration of Independence part of my vacations, this was a must see for me. Eldridge Gerry, the only signer buried in DC (as the plaque next to his monument will tel you) was my main priority, however there is so much more here. From centographs for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

This somewhat out-of-the way place is worth finding. Lots of members of congress are buried here, so you can look for yours. For me, however, there was one outstanding feature. J. Edgar Hoover is buried here. Because I met Mr. Hoover once, it was cool to see his grave. What was moving, though, was that his longtime lover Clyde Tolson... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely cemetery (perhaps that sounds a bit creepy!), and it's nice for a stroll in the middle of the day. The history here is interesting as well. Hopefully you'll recognize some of the names on the stones!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

Before Arlington, there was Congressional Cemetery. Enjoy a pleasant walk through this un-touristed destination. Get a map at the gatehouse, or better yet, try to arrange your visit when a docent is leading a guided tour. Lots of fascinating stories about the folks buried here... from DC top post-Civil War madam to J Edgar Hoover.

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Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

This cemetery is historic, and there is a good free map available at the entrance that is very helpful. The cemetery is not exceptionally scenic, but it's a nice place to walk around for a bit and close to a metro station.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

I have lived in the area for years yet just made my first trip inside the gates this weekend. The cemetery hosts free tours on Saturday mornings, April-October. Our guide was very good and not only gave us a history of the cemetery's origins, but showed us the graves of notables buried there as well as some unique tombstones of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

I walked around there several years ago and absolutely loved it. Don't know if this is still true, but, in return for cleaning up the cemetery, a local dog club was allowed to let its pets roam the grounds freely Saturday mornings. Ahhh, nothing like a retriever peeing on a senator's tomb to make one feel better about the world....

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