Originally created for Mother's Day visitors, this tour focuses exclusively on women for whom motherhood was central to their identities, their lives and sometimes their deaths. Women celebrated on this tour may have been biological mothers, such as Lucy Bell, who devoted her life to fighting for her family’s freedom from slavery, and expectant mother Sarah Reed, who died reportedly trying to save her stepchildren during the explosion of the steamship Wawaset. Others are metaphorical, like Mother of Gay Rights Barbara Gittings, or whimsical, like Flora Darling, founder of “Daughters of” organizations, such as the DAR. Walk among two centuries of motherhood at Congressional as we honor the public and private roles of some of our female residents.
Tours are limited. Registration is required. Comfortable attire is strongly encouraged. Visitors may meet docents at the front gate. The tour is rain or shine.
Please come prepared with comfortable clothing and shoes, as the tours often stray from the main paths. The Cemetery is open to dogs on Sunday so be aware of the prescence of off leash dogs.