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Wine, Spirits, and Stories at Historic Congressional Cemetery

Join us for an evening drink and jaunt through one of D.C.'s most notable final resting places.

Believed to be the world's only cemetery with a dedicated LGBT section, Historic Congressional Cemetery (HCC) in southeast D.C. is the final resting place for 65,000 souls who are buried six feet below.

Join us for an evening of wine, spirits, and stories in the cemetery that J. Edgar Hoover, Madam Mary Anne Hall, and Marion Berry all call their eternal home. At dusk, we will sip wine in the very vault where Dolley Madison had once lain. Afterward, attendees will take one of two tours: "LGBT Icons" with Jeff Rollins or "Uppity Women" with Rebecca Roberts.

The "LGBT Icons" tour will feature the so-called "Gay Corner," which began in 1988 when gay rights advocate and Vietnam Veteran Leonard Matlovich—best known for being on Time Magazine's cover —decided to be interred at HCC. His choice inspired a generation of LGBT activists to make HCC their final resting place, and it's the future site of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit LGBT Veterans Memorial.

Rebecca Roberts' "Uppity Women" tour will highlight an array of brave and brilliant ladies—from suffragists and civil rights advocates to journalists and artists—who are now forever home in HCC.


  • Below are two tickets choice: One for "LGBT Icons" tour and the other for the "Uppity Women" tour. Each ticket includes access to the vault, the tour selected, two drink tickets, and light snacks.
  • Please be aware of the tour ticket you purchase.
  • This event is 21+.
  • Each walking tour is about a mile long. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.


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