American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

Walking Tour of Oak Hill Cemetery
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Date / Time: 
Friday, June 21, 2019 - 7:10am to 9:15am
Oak Hill Cemetery
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Pre-Registration Required: 

Come spend the morning communing with nature at Oak Hill Cemetery in the heart of historic Georgetown. Encompassing twenty-five acres with approximately 20,000 interred, Oak Hill Cemetery was established on steep, wooded land adjacent to Rock Creek Park purchased by Washington banker and art collector William Wilson Corcoran and incorporated by an Act of Congress in 1849. The cemetery itself is a major example of the nineteenth-century Romantic movement, with a naturalistic design of winding paths lined with crypts, deciduous trees, flowering shrubs, and terraces that step down toward the creek below.

During the tour, learn about garden features like the grand wall along Rock Creek and the Gothic Revival Renwick Chapel and iron pillars, designed by James Renwick, Jr., architect of the Smithsonian Building. 

Please Note: This is a walking tour that starts and finishes with a 1.4 mile walk between the cemetery and hotel including scenic unpaved trails through Rock Creek Park. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

IMPORTANT: This tour has a very limited capacity and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis only.

Departure: Participants should plan to meet in the hotel lobby at the main entrance by the above departure time. Additionally, the Association will not be able to accommodate participants driving their own vehicles to/from offsite locations.