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Historic Cemeteries Private Tour

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Youth and Family, Local Experience, Day Trip / Out of Town, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.
The older parts of Arlington Cemetery are on hilly terrain. There are parts of Oak Hill and Holy Rood Cemeteries that would be difficult to access with a wheel chair.

Maximum travelers: 3



English (fluent)

Arlington, Congressional, Oak Hill and Holy Rood

Tour four of the oldest cemeteries in the Washington DC area. We visit the oldest part of Arlington Cemetery (off the beaten track), the eclectic and historic Congressional Cemetery, the beautiful Oak Hill Cemetery Garden and the abandoned Holy Rood cemetery.


We tour the older, less visited parts of Arlington National Cemetery and see the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers as well as soldiers who served with the U. S. Colored Troops.

Then on to Congressional Cemetery. Founded in 1807 as a private cemetery, it served as a final resting place for representatives and senators who died while in office. There are many old crypts and even a "public vault" . Today it is a favorite among local residents for its quirky and unusual tombstones.

Next is the beautiful Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown. Founded in 1848, Oak Hill was designed to be a "garden cemetery" - a movement popular in the 1800s. The chapel was designed by John Renwick, who was also the architect of St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC.

We end our day at the abandoned Holy Rood Cemetery on the outskirts of Georgetown. Established in 1832 it has been neglected since the 1980s. It is estimated to be the final resting place of over 1, 000 African Americans - some who died while still in slavery.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: If your hotel in in downtown DC, it may be possible to meet at your hotel. If it is further away, I will choose a convenient meeting spot.

End location: This tour ends in the Georgetown section of DC. Georgetown is a great area for restaurants, galleries, clothing stores and bars. Settled in 1751, this historic neighborhood is known for its beautiful tree-lined streets and old, stately homes. There is always something going on in Georgetown!

Duration: 4 hours

A very heavy snowfall could make it difficult to visit Oak Hill Cemetery and Holy Rood Cemetery.


This tour includes a luxury sedan and dedicated driver. The driver will be able to drop us off and pick us up at the entrance to each cemetery we visit.

What’s Included

Luxury Sedan with driver to meet us and drop us off at the entrance to each cemetery.
Tour Guide services within the cemeteries.
Drinks and snacks in the car

Estimated Local Cash Needed

5 Dollars - For additional drinks and snacks during the tour.

What’s Extra

Any personal expenses.

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