Free Landmark Lecture: Oak Hill Cemetery
Oak Hill Cemetery, a 19th-century garden park cemetery founded by William W. Corcoran in 1849, rests on 22 acres of land in the Georgetown section of Washington, DC. Its grounds include historic monuments, buildings, pathways and mausoleums. Its mission is to provide a beautiful, tranquil and respectful resting place for families, friends and neighbors. Among the nearly 20,000 Oak Hill interments, some became notable for their achievements in the arts, politics, government, law, military and business.
George G. Hill, President of Oak Hill Cemetery, will discuss the Renwick Chapel (1850), noted as one of the finest specimens of Gothic Revival chapels; the cemetery itself a significant example of the 19th-century romantic movement with an acceptance and blending of nature rather than a geometrical imposition.
He will also discuss the Historic Bigelow Iron Fence (1866) Along R Street, the Gatehouse, the Italianate-style Superintendents residence (ca. 1850), the Linthicum-Dent Mausoleum, the Corcoran Mausoleum, the Van Ness Mausoleum, the Ellipse and other points of interest. The cemetery has grown into a place of great beauty and history while continuing to serve as an essential resource for the community.
You will be sent a link to ZOOM with instructions, meeting ID and password via email one day before the event. If possible, this event will take place both in person and via Zoom.