Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington DC

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Oak Hill Cemetery is a historic 22-acre (8.9 ha) cemetery located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., in the United States. It was founded in 1848 and completed in 1853, and is a prime example of a garden cemetery. A large number of famous politicians, business people, military people, diplomats, and philanthropists are buried at Oak Hill, and the cemetery has a number of Victorian-style memorials and monuments. Oak Hill has two structures which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel and the Van Ness Mausoleum.

Oak Hill began in 1848 as part of the rural cemetery movement, directly inspired by the success of Mount Auburn Cemetery, when William Wilson Corcoran (also founder of the Corcoran Gallery of Art) purchased 15 acres (6.1 ha) of land. He then organized the Cemetery Company to oversee Oak Hill; it was incorporated by act of Congress on March 3, 1849.

Oak Hill's chapel was built in 1849 by noted architect James Renwick, who also designed the Smithsonian Institution's Castle on Washington Mall and St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York. His one story rectangular chapel measures 23 by 41 feet (7×12 m) and sits on the cemetery's highest ridge. It is built of black granite, in Gothic Revival style, with exterior trim in the same red Seneca sandstone used for the Castle.

By 1851, landscape designer Captain George F. de la Roche finished laying out the winding paths and terraces descending into Rock Creek valley. When initial construction was completed in 1853, Corcoran had spent over $55,000 on the cemetery's landscaping and architecture.
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  • Beautiful place and such history. Worth a walk around. Feels like a botanical garden and interesting for kids to read the tombstones.  more »
  • The cemetery is on R Street - the northern boundary of Georgetown; has burials and crypts dating back before the establishment of the United States and still accepts burials. But you can go there to w...  more »
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  • Oak Hill Cemetery is a historic cemetery on a hill along Rock Creek Park in Georgetown in NW DC. The cemetery itself is stunning. On roving green hills, the scenery with the gravestones is stunning. Many of the gravestones are monuments and striking. There are a few larger burial areas on the premise as well as benches to sit and enjoy the scenery. There's a little garden as well as benches under a stone bridge. There's also a beautiful chapel designed by renowned James Renwick. There are more strict rules at the cemetery. You can't take professional photos nor bring in pets, bikes, etc. There are many famous DC icons buried here including Katharine Graham, the former publisher of The Washington Post.
  • Beautiful, if not oddly asymmetrically so. Some parts are gorgeously landscaped, and others have the timeworn charm of an older cemetery. It's easy to get turned around if you go off on the less kept side paths (which is necessary to see the full width of this place).
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