1801 E Street, Southeast • Washington, D.C. 20003 • (202) 543-0539

COVID-19   - Cemetery Closure - March 25, 2020

Cemetery Closure: Following the Washington, DC guidelines announced by Mayor Muriel Bowser today, Historic Congressional Cemetery (HCC) will close at 10:00 pm, March 25, to the general public and to K9 members until further notice. We will open as soon as possible once the mayor lifts these restrictions. During this closure, HCC will remain open to (1) burial services, with restrictions; (2) necessary maintenance services; and (3) site visits by family members during business hours by appointment only. 

Cemetery Office: The HCC administrative office is closed as our staff works remotely during this extraordinary public health crisis. Families and clients can contact us by phone at 202-543-0539 where we will be monitoring messages or can email staff@congressionalcemetery.org for assistance with essential business activities. We are providing limited burial services only at this time with less than ten individuals allowed for burials.

Site Sales: Our staff is available, by appointment, to assist families with the purchase of burial space if a death has occurred or is imminent. Until further notice, we will not be scheduling pre-need sales appointments.

Burial Services: We will continue to perform limited burial services as needed.

Memorial Services: We have suspended the use of the chapel and other spaces at HCC for memorial services until further notice.

Public Programs: All public programs and tours are canceled or postponed until further notice.

The HCC team will continue to update social media with announcements about any further changes to our daily operations.

"Dogs are not our whole life,
but they make our life whole."

~Roger Caras

The K9 Corps at the Historic Congressional Cemetery

The K9 Corps at Historic Congressional Cemetery is private dogwalking program, bringing life, community, and volunteerism to this extraordinary burial ground. Dogwalking at the cemetery is permitted by membership only. Membership is annual and runs from March 1st through the last day of February the following year.

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