Consider Capital Hill if you’re Dog Lover

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster

If you’re a dog lover and you are new to the Washington DC area or thinking about moving here you might want to consider the Capital Hill area. Capitol Hill, one of the oldest residential communities in Washington DC takes its name from the hill which rises in the center of Washington and extends eastward. The hill area is made up of more than 150 square miles and diverse neighborhoods. The “Hill” is one of the dog friendliest areas in all of Washington. The neighborhoods are full of children and friendly dogs and the Hill has perhaps the most unique dog park anywhere in the country “Congressional Cemetery” That’s right a cemetery! The Capital Hill district has great parks but dogs are required to remain on a leash in public areas. That’s not the case at Congressional Cemetery, local residents and even those with pets as far away as Arlington VA pay $100 annually to allow there 4 legged friends run leash free in the fenced in cemetery. All of the funds go to the preservation and up keep of the cemetery. It might sound a little weird using a cemetery as a doggie playground but you have over 50 acres of varied terrain and history to roam and the animals and their owners love it! While Fido runs around you can stroll and read the tombstones and learn interesting facts about some of the famous people that have been laid to rest at Congressional. They include John Philip Sousa, Renowned Civil War photographer Matthew Brady and FBI founder J Edgar Hoover are among the famous that are buried here. If you know of any other interesting facts about Congressional I’d love to hear form them. Why not take a minute and share by posting any interesting facts you might know of. For more information you may wish to visit the community section of my website:

Comments (2)

Michelle Buckman
Long & Foster - Washington, DC
Showing the Best Views in Metro DC

Thanks for the post--I love history and it sounds as if my dog Bo will love it!!!


Ben, NE Washignton DC

Aug 25, 2009 08:00 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Michelle, we both know that the pups are not sniffing those tombstones because they're wondering who's buried there!  It's the old pre-pee sniff - on members of congress at that!  Oh dear!

Aug 26, 2009 02:25 PM