How you (and your pet!) can be buried at the Congressional Cemetery
Dog-walking, movie nights and pet burials at the historic boneyard

A woman wanders the grounds of the Congressional Cemetery along with two canine companions. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

Despite its namesake, the Congressional Cemetery has about 5,000 plots available, and no, you don’t have to be a member of Congress to be buried in one. “The only requirement for being buried here is you have to be dead,” says Paul Williams, president of Historic Congressional Cemetery.

But the cemetery, situated in Southeast D.C., is not just a burial ground. It also serves as “a Central Park for this part of Capitol Hill,” according to Williams. It hosts parties, yoga, movie nights and has a dog-walking program. And you don’t have to be dead to partake in those.

Word on the Hill: Downward-Doggers Coming to the Hill
Staffers, media and politicians are all welcome for group yoga

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan is no stranger to yoga. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

You’re going to see a lot of people in downward dog if you walk through the the Rayburn Foyer after work on Wednesday.  

With the tagline, “Not Left. Not Right. Just Balance,” the Congressional Yogi Association will bring together members, staffers and veterans for a sweat session to recognize National Mental Health Awareness Month and National Military Appreciation Month.