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Historic Congressional Cemetery is administered by the nonprofit Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery and owned by Christ Church, Washington Parish. The Association is constantly striving to maintain the historic, cultural, and aesthetic qualities of this natural landscape along the Anacostia River.
Congressional Cemetery is among the oldest institutions in Washington and the final resting place for scores of individuals who were instrumental in the founding of the nation and its new capitol city. With the first burial in 1807, the cemetery almost immediately became associated with the United States Congress and thus earns the distinction of being the first national cemetery. In addition, it is the only place in Washington where one can be buried in a site directly on L’Enfant’s 18th century city plan. Congressional Cemetery was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011 and continues to build upon the legacy of over 200 years of American history.
In order to maintain this historic landscape for future generations, The Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery has established rules and regulations in order to meet or exceed the National Park Service Standards for Historic Preservation. These principles and procedures regulate the sale of lots, interments, placement of structures, planting, liability, and etiquette within the gates of the cemetery.
Congressional Cemetery is still an active burial ground with a variety of interment options. Prices range from $4,000 to $8,000 for full sites, $2,000 to $4,000 for bench sites, and $2,700 for cremation sites. For information about which sites are available throughout the cemetery, please contact Margaret Puglisi at 202-543-0539. The Association’s office hours are from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on Monday through Friday.
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