Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington DC

Owned by the governing body of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Parish — the only surviving colonial church in Washington, D.C. — the Cemetery is part of 100 acres of land donated by Colonel John Bradford in 1719. In 1840, an Act of Congress designated the grounds as a public cemetery for the city of Washington.

Early in the 20th century, the Church sold off 14 of the original 100 acres to accommodate construction of New Hampshire Avenue, leaving the remaining 86-acre churchyard for use of the Parish. Although Rock Creek Cemetery remains under the stewardship of St. Paul’s Church, the burial grounds are nondenominational and open to all.

Rock Creek Cemetery serves as the final resting place to some of Washington’s most notable residents.
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  • Well it was not so tranquil with construction going on all around. Seeing the statue that Eleanor Roosevelt contemplated so many times was the highlight.  more »
  • According to the information, the cemetery has a deep rood during the Britist colony time and later was acquired by the District of Columbia. The design of the cemetery is done with dual functions; ce...  more »
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  • Home of what has been called the greatest work of American sculpture ever created, the Adams monument by Augustus Saint Gaudens. While he never named it -- and said that had he done so, he would have called it "The Peace That Passeth Understanding" -- it has often been called "Grief", supposedly based on a description of it attributed to Mark Twain (it has also been called "Peace" or "Nirvana"). Nearby is another noteworthy bronze by Gutzon Borglum (who is better known for Mt. Rushmore), "Rabboni", depicting Lazarus walking out of his tomb. A number of other noteworthy sites are listed on a map available at the church office.
  • Peaceful and Beautiful. But it's not a Park so please don't go there walking your Dog and exercising its disrespectful because it's a sacred place and they will tell you to leave!
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