Atlas Obscura: Wine, Spirits, and Stories at Historic Congressional Cemetery
Join us for an evening of wine, spirits, and stories in the cemetery that J. Edgar Hoover, Madam Mary Anne Hall, Marion Berry, and other notables call their eternal home. As the sun begins to descend, we'll sip wine in the very vault in which Dolley Madison once lay, and afterwards attendees will take one of two rarely-given tours: LGBT Icons or Inventors and Innovators.
The LGBT Icons tour will be given by Jeff Rollins and will highlight the so-called "Gay Corner," which began in 1988 when gay rights advocate and Vietnam Veteran Leonard Matlovich—best known for appearing on the cover of Time Magazine—decided to be interred at HCC. His choice inspired a generation of LGBT activists to make HCC their final resting place as well, and it's now the future site of the nonprofit LGBT Veterans Memorial.
The Inventors and Innovators tour will be given by Jeff Trinca and will highlight many of the cemetery's forward-thinking "residents"—male and female trailblazers in science and exploration. Among the many lives you'll learn about are of one of America’s earliest paleontologists (who also belonged to a secret society of young scientists and lived in a tower of the Smithsonian castle) and the Washington, D.C. dentist who invented the pre-eminent sniper rifle used in Civil War.