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Address: 1801 E St SE, Washington DC, DC
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Don't Let the Location Scare You

For years I was told not to go here because it was in the "bad" part of town. My husband's love of history overcame the naysayers and we had a wonderful afternoon! This is both a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For years I was told not to go here because it was in the "bad" part of town. My husband's love of history overcame the naysayers and we had a wonderful afternoon! This is both a cemetery and a popular dog walking spot for locals. The grave of J Edgar Hoover is just steps away from his live in "secretary";... More 

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Tuscumbia
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116 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Multiple historical references state that he died in DC in 1824 and was buried in Arlington Cemetery. His last request to General Andrew Jackson was to "fire the big guns over me" in a final salute befitting a general that made the 1815 Battle of New orleans a victory for Jackson over the British. The cemetery has a brochure that... More 

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Thank Robert P
Staten Island, New York
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165 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

This is an interesting cemetery and many important people are buried there, however, it is really not held in high esteem unfortunately. However, local people have stepped in to keep it up and hurrah for their efforts.

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Thank moongirl
Shoreline
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674 reviews
345 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
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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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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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62 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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Thank Teakellie6
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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3,243 reviews
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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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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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