Oak Hill Cemetery
3001 R St NW
Established in 1848, Georgetown's beautiful Oak Hill Cemetery covers 25 acres of well-maintained grounds with giant trees, shrubs and layered hills adjacent to Rock Creek Park and Montrose Park. It is the final resting place of 18,500, including architect James Renwick Jr., who designed the cemetery's chapel in 1850, as well as the Smithsonian Castle; Major John Adlum, veteran of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812; Joseph Henry, discoverer of electromagneticism; Col. John Harris, first Commandant of the US Marine Corps; President Lincoln's Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton; and Dean Acheson, Secretary of State under President Truman. In addition, Abraham Lincoln's little son, Tad, was buried here but was later reinterred in Springfield, Ill., to rest alongside the assassinated President. Other famous names weave their way through the 151-year-old cemetery, graced by classical mausoleums, urns, obelisks, and statues of cherubs and angels to evoke a feeling of perpetual peace. The inscription on one tombstone reads: "Not dead, but sleepth." Nearby are the remains of a slave cemetery.
- Pete McCall
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