The Congressional Cemetery

The Congressional Cemetery at 1801 E St. SE. opened in 1807 and outside of Arlington National Cemetery, contains the most famous graves in DC including  J. Edgar Hoover, John Philip Sousa mayor Marion Barry, the Native American chief Pushmataha and Elbridge Gerry, the only signer of the Declaration of Independence buried in Washington, Herbert Lincoln Clarke, the “world’s premier cornetist,” and Nicholas Alexander “Kolya” Dunaev, “the man who could bend a dime with his fingers.” A tombstone for Leonard Matlovich, a gay Vietnam veteran, is inscribed: “When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”

Rags the Dog

Aspin Hill pet cemetery at 13630 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, is the second oldest pet cemetery in the US, is the final resting place of Rags, (1916-1936)  a hero dog of World War I. Rags was adopted by the 1st Division in 1918 and remained its mascot until his death. Rags ran messages across the front lines of France, while under heavy fire, warning troops of incoming artillery attacks. He was created with saving at least 2,50 lives.

The Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel

The Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel at 3001 R St. NW. was designed by James Renwick, the architect who also designed the Cathedral of St. Patrick in New York City and the Renwick Gallery and the Smithsonian Institution Building in Washington. The cemetery is the final resting place of William Wilson Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Philip and Katharine Graham, former publishers of The Washington Post, and Ben Bradlee, executive editor of the paper.

Glenwood Cemetery

Glenwood Cemetery at 2219 Lincoln Rd. NE. was established before the Civil War and is where Constantino Brumidi, the painter behind the frescos in the U.S. Capitol’s Rotunda is buried. So is sculptor Clark Mills, whose numerous works in Washington include the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol dome. The cemetery also holds an odd and dramatic memorial to firefighter Benjamin Greenup, who was crushed by a fire engine in 1854. The memorial surrounded a trio of red hydrants, depicts the moment he was run over in great detail, down to colleagues watching in horror. 

St. Paul's Rock Creek Cemetery

St. Paul's Rock Creek Cemetery at Rock Creek Church Road and Webster Street NW. in Petworth was one of Washington’s most exclusive burial grounds in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a result, its elaborate mausoleums dot its grounds and hold the remains of some of DC’s leading families including the Garfinckel Lansburgh, Heurich’s and Riggs. You can also find a much-celebrated sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens named “Grief,” (A copy of the  sculpture inside the Smithsonian American Art Museum.)

The Franciscan Monastery

The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America at 1400 Quincy St. NE, gives guided tours of a re-created of Roman catacomb from the 2nd and 3rd centuries, where early Christians were buried. The narrow, eerie catacomb was created in the 1900s. 

Joan of Arc

A statue of Joan of Arc found in Meridian Hill Park at 16th and W streets NW was a gift from the women of France to the women of America in 1922. The original statue had a 3½-foot bronze sword which was stolen from Joan’s upraised right arm. The sword was replaced repeatedly and repeatedly stolen again.


In 1975, Japan gifted the US with a small bonsai, a  four centuries old Japanese white pine which was grown within two miles of where U.S. forces dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. The tree is on the grounds of the National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE.

U.S. Capitol

When the U.S. Capitol was renovated in 1958, the sandstone, granite and marble blocks that made up the east facade of the building were dumped near an unnamed trail in Rock Creek Park and they are still there. The rock pile can be found about ten minutes into the woods past the  Rock Creek Horse Center 

The Lincoln Book Tower

The Lincoln Book Tower at the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership is next door to the Petersen House at 511 10th St. NW, where Lincoln was carried after being shot at the theater across the street, and the place where he eventually died, holds more than  6,800 books on the 16th President.


The bones of a 30-foot-long predator weighing more than 2½ tons Capitalsaurus were uncovered by workers laying a sewer pipe in 1898 along F Street SE. The bones (Not on public display ) are held at the National Museum of Natural History, however, the portion of F Street where the bones were found is now officially called Capitalsaurus Court.

Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Park

Policeman stands in front of the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Park in 1866. The steeple of St. John’s Church is visible behind the statue.

Lincoln’s Second Inauguration [1865]

The photo above was originally mislabeled as President Grant’s inauguration ceremony. A curator discovered the photographs while reviewing a log book noticed the caption “Lincoln” in the margins. After careful comparison between the only known photos of the inauguration (just two existed) it was concluded that this photo is actually a crowd scene at Lincoln’s second inauguration. There are two recently discovered photographs of Lincoln but they have not been officially verified. This Photo was discovered this year in a personal album of President Ulysses S. Grant and apparently shows Lincoln in front of the White House.