We are located at 2501 Mill Road NW, Georgetown,
Washington, DC 20007 (1/2 block north of the intersection of 27th and Q Streets, NW).
The Cemeteries are a private property sanctuary. We extend an invitation to the public to visit, learn, and reflect. Please understand and respect that burial sites exist throughout the open and wooded areas of the memorial park, and most do not have a headstone or other marker. The memorials and artifacts that exist are fragile - do not walk on memorials or make 'rubbings' of stone engravings.
While visitors and volunteer helpers are always welcome into the sacred burial grounds to learn, reflect, and honor our deceased, dogs are no longer permitted in the cemeteries. Signage changes at entrances to the burial grounds will soon reflect this policy and note that the property is not a playground, a social gathering spot, or a transit path between Georgetown and the Rock Creek paved trail.
Parking is very limited at the Cemeteries. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) website can help you plan your visit using Metrobus or Metrorail services. Google Maps Transit Directions is another useful trip planning resource.
There are no restroom facilities or beverages available at the Cemeteries (a convenience store and delicatessen are located two to four blocks away).
Preparing for your visit
In addition to the useful information shared on our History page, please consider these useful resources:
African American Heritage Trail, identifies more than 200 sites that are important in local and national history and culture.
Georgetown African American Historic Landmark Project and Tour, provides information and images of historically important dwellings and businesses, and a map of the village east side and Herring Hill area with original street names.
Black Georgetown Remembered" A History of Its Black Community From the Founding of "The Town of George" in 1751 to the Present Day". Author Kathleen M. Lesko; Contributing Authors Valerie Babb and Carroll R. Gibbs, ISBN 978-0-87840-526-8
Escape on the Pearl, Special to the Washington Post, August 12, 1998, By Mary Kay Ricks. Shares the April 15, 1848 escape of 77 slaves from Washington, Georgetown, and Alexandria on the sailing vessel The Pearl, the ensuing "Washington Riot", and elevation of the abolition debate.
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You can access a self-guided walking tour of the cemeteries by scanning this encoded image using your mobile device camera (as you may have done on restaurant menus and other documents). The encoded image is also available on signage at the cemetery grounds.
The tour introduces you to our two cemeteries and acquaints you with some of the individuals for whom this sanctuary is their final resting place. The walking tour takes about 30 minutes to complete. We encourage you to share feedback about your visit using the form at the program end. We hope your visit creates new personal awareness, and a thirst to continue your education.
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nearby points of interest
"Herring Hill" defines the area south of P Street NW, between 29th Street NW and Rock Creek. Herring Hill was the nucleus of the historic black community in Georgetown. Original Georgetown street names were changed when the village was assimilated into the new Washington, D.C
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Mount Zion United Methodist Church 1334 29th St., NW
Alfred and Hannah Cole Pope Residence, 2900 O Street NW
Emma V. Brown Residence, 3044 P Street NW
Holy Rood Cemetery, 2126 Wisconsin Avenue NW
John H. Fleet Residence, 1208 30th Street NW
First Baptist Church, 2624 Dumbarton Street NW
Patrick Francis Healy Hall, Georgetown University