Cemeteries in DC

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Adas Israel Hebrew Cemetery FindAGrave

1400 Alabama Ave. SE, 20032
(202) 562-5831

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Established in 1807 by local residents, given to Christ Church, Capitol Hill, in 1808.

Elesavetgrad Cemetery Association

3233 15th Place SE, 20002
(202) 563-1775

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Female Union Band Society Cemetery

(adjacent to the Old Methodist Burying Ground)
This was a burial society for free blacks; many of its members were affiliated with Mount Zion United Methodist Church. After Mount Zion took over the Dumbarton Cemetery, distinctions between the two cemeteries faded in the public mind, and the two properties together became popularly known as the Mount Zion Cemetery. Beginning in the late 1950s, real estate developers made numerous efforts to purchase the two properties. They wanted to disinter and move all the graves and construct luxury townhouses on the site. Lengthy court battles ensued; in 1975, U.S.District Judge Oliver Gasch issued a court order forbidding disinterments and appointed trustees to administer the cemeteries. Because the vault was probably a stop on the Underground Railroad, the property has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Black History Trail.

Georgetown University's Jesuit Cemetery

All graves are Jesuit priests. Many of the graves are in Latin so the names are Latinized. Soon the photos of the tombstones will be uploaded to billiongraves.

Georgetown Visitation Convent Cemetery

Located on the grounds of Georgetown Visitation.

Glenwood Cemetery FindAGrave

Established in 1854, expanded significantly during Civil War, when 1500 graves were moved from graveyard of original Foundry United Methodist Church.

Holy Rood Cemetery Wikipedia FindAGrave Archives

(The original Catholic burying ground of Georgetown. Graves originally located in the Holy Trinity Churchyard were moved here in the early 19th century. Burials continued throughout the 19th century, generally in family plots. By last quarter of the century, burials were generally at Mt. Olivet. The Holy Rood plot books are kept in the Georgetown University Library.

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(Founded in 1858, became the central Catholic Cemetery for DC. After Holy Rood filled up, Georgetown Catholic burials were at Mt. Olivet also.)

Oak Hill Cemetery
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Early 19th century, gatehouse built 1839.
Oak Hill is a private cemetery located off R Street NW. It was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1849. Oak Hill was developed as a Victorian garden where visitors can enjoy the botanical garden-style plantings, meditate and enjoy the wonders of nature. Architect James Renwick designed the chapel.

There are a number of pre-1849 graves in the cemetery, mostly those who were originally buried in either the Methodist or Presbyterian cemeteries in Georgetown and disinterred and reburied at Oak Hill after 1849.

Research and visitation requests are complied within reason and rules set by the Oak Hill's Board of Directors.

Mt. Zion Cemetery - Old Methodist Burying Ground FindAGrave

Q St., NW, between 27th and Q St. Bridge
Land purchased in 1808 by Montgomery Street Methodist Church (now Dumbarton United Methodist ). Two-thirds was set aside for white burials, the other third for African-American burials. White burials continued in the property until after the Civil War, although decreased after Oak Hill opened in 1849. Several white graves were disinterred and moved between 1849 and 1892; most of those were buried at Oak Hill. In 1879, Mount Zion leased the cemetery from Dumbarton for 99 years. African-American members of Mount Zion were buried in the remaining available sections and in the plots left open by the white disinterments. The last burial was in 1950.

Prospect Hill Cemetery Wikipedia FindAGrave

Founded 1858, the cemetery was originally affiliated with the Concordia Lutheran Church, an early German-speaking congregation. Of over 14,000 burials, 75% are German-American. There is a history of the cemetery available for purchase from the cemetery office. The burial records are searchable via card file or microfilm (1860's-1960's).

Rock Creek Cemetery
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Oldest cemetery in DC. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, built 1775, is adjacent.

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery FindAGrave

Contains significant number of Greek and Italian graves. Oldest grave is 1862.

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Woodlawn Cemetery FindAGrave



Many thanks to Jane Donovan for contributions related to the Methodist Churches and Cemeteries of the DC & Georgetown area.