Tour the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

ABC News' Serena Marshall learns about some of the spookiest stories in American history at the famous cemetery.
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His remarkable play I'm past. This city and nation's capital has offered today it's Yemeni graveyard because we're at in the east. Capital sentencing hearing and joins here with the president thanks for joining us well. Pretty big Greek air act it is worth 35 acres and about 69000. Injured. Only this isn't touring check on him. Scary. Then the cemetery let's go. Very high thousand acres 35. Acres. 68. And elderly people area here. And in the nation's capital yes yes. We were established in 1807. And were owned by Christ church. But we've been run by a nonprofit that I've run sense things. Some people call it congressional cemetery it's all congressmen how many you we have about a 160 congressmen and their families buried here. And if you died while in office between 87 and 1876. Got one of those markers communities in the rose here. You can choose to be buried and they're not about half of those and bodies in her opinion of him. How many of those stories here we have quite a few actually yeah a little weird things going on it is definitely a little creepy to be here at night it's extremely dark. Each instant theater in the days where there is an at doing is whenever Christine I am. I'm glad it's over S and yeah. This is where a lot of our congressmen our bearings is our oldest section of the cemetery. Our first burial was just four months after we opened in eighteen of seven. And it was an individual named Dan Williams wouldn't you just don't aren't. And it. Burial it blames. Britain. Yeah. Yes skeptical set caps. And so as a test is great translates into iTunes. That's why it can't really tell them what they're not like looking. Now the election alert. Him. To know exactly yeah exactly they were designs by. Benjamin Henry would probe. I. And it made we have sandstone and amenities that same material and and. And in 1913. Action. Pretty worn through. The marvel them well. But this is our oldest section. But first here's started mediums that. Press. We have lots of famous people here we end and S director of the F. Yeah yeah he's very he's very. Goes exactly yeah exactly that yeah. It literally I'm. I didn't. The elderly and actually came up with that the design from Washington DC here. Yes yep yep and we have Robert mills a very famous architect. I'm we have John Phillips do so he was the Marine Corps band. Leader for decades that wrote the song start suspects reverend moments march music and us so we can see these are added congressman's chances. He hasn't spill last I don't think. Yeah yeah. Is well known names here take a look at those. John Quincy Adams actually spent time in the public vault but you can visit to use security or divert. That's university campus. But. I don't know it John Quincy Adams is not here but some of them are. Yet some of them you have bodies. It was a time when before involving it was hard to get him back there. These body in the summer. And option that would not be pleasant. It's imminent train for a week to get it back to you know territory at last an athlete good option. And so outside of Penn and John Quincy Adams mostly a lot. Only John Calhoun. Has over in the corner there. Guest on your hands agree. Yeah it was something congress wanted to honor. Following congress man they're all men. Don't have any congressman against an important amendment yeah but if you died in office between 1807. And 1876. They did you wanted to. You can choose to be buried under it or not. A lot of what happened did I said. And an eighteen city sixty was a congressman or from Massachusetts. And he got into the ugly as things he's ever seen in his life. It's very simple but he did not my kids. Some things never change and he stopped the funding for the center to house. Wait now that's not an option for now is not an option C and congress. Hurt women and be very at their well yes absolutely if it were still active cemetery so we're still selling plots and very people. Interesting things about the cemetery and some things that you might have heard about congressional cemetery before is the fact that you don't know these. Want to hear your statement that has come in and eaten alliant. We do we. We hired a herd of goats for the only historic site DC it is done so far. And they amateur focus on eating Auburn beats species act was an ID poison oak. Semantics they actually prefer poison I mean this. So it prevents us from have been used chemicals and people to go in Seattle loves basis kind of inner wooded sections. And what is this other things you guys are kind of set up where was the design its people east of it here. Absolutely yeah in the Victorian area especially in 1870s and eighties. Living in downtown DC without air conditioning and in the summer the pretty hot cinnamon were heavy wool pulled it. And so people could use this collective Central Park they would pack a picnic and significantly. And coming to this cemeteries and all day and it just browsing. That sent epic. Have a different feeling about it does a lot of times after the terrace street loves it became very solemn. And then people were not participating in these centers. But there's been a revival especially with the start cemeteries to you echo back to those Victorian era and he. Celebrate with your family up there hold events and of course every cemetery needs a lot of money to raise so a lot of the defense. Allow us to raise money and actually know the art and maintain them monuments. The things you guys do is you know hearing secretary we do you recall yoga martyrs. And this is a place you think you know exactly and the beautiful historic chapel back there was built in 1903 take a look at all of us. And definitely old Larry into Oreo every week and no Oreo session business. Now we are here because it is almost how this. Season there's some. Of in his own town taking viewers. Inside Georgetown that system. It is an hour here's it happens here's your past stories that we've got some Goodman's in the public ball accurately it public got its air. Turn over their. Applicable with built in 1832. Mines aren't yeah that is military's don't know it's meant to militarism. We have done. People entered here very literally every. American military conflict. Three war powers. We were McVeigh died after. It ages seven tonight I didn't Val now nightmare don't necessarily get literally. But we're veterans. I don't arc in the puzzle games as well. That over. Again meager wealth if its built that. Chamber. That probably would have cost the same building it helps. 30. At Aspen. Well here they would definitely to the ball like that in the public vault and hold probably 25 caskets. They can interlocking. I and what am I. That is actually. It was. And it was actually cleared out Stanley fell into disrepair. Are cemetery went to some hard times in the 1970s and 1980s. When we were moralists of and so people living in the vaults here. People were living in a cemetery dealing drugs it was not a good place is very that has very not to address the zip two's shoulder hides it causes a bad bad place to be. And downs of some families pulled their. Famine relatives out and reintroduce some grounds that it. A little bit of the roses over here. Kind of let you guys get a sense of the cemetery its massive big news. C old team. That he laid out on the original plan. Okay. A he's not know but no he's not here but Saddam he designed cemetery. With the grid pattern so it matches the grid pattern. And what's unusual about cemetery it's the original geographic kind of contours that the city would be on the city kind of flatten out. But this is what that natural land was back in the eighteen. Let's go into the public app. Senator Thieme public vault. It's kind of didn't have to worry about any goes and I don't think so although there's been about six. Thousands dead bodies have cycled through the public involvement in the last 200 years. And a lot of dead people there looks good take a look it's pretty cool. Do you. Yeah noted are that. It's critical we also had to three presidents that have been in here. John Quincy Adams Tynan here I was attempting an act. Zachary Taylor. The creator. What's really you six Fortier. Yeah. Why are being a temporary in seeing at all that her son was an alcoholic and a gambler. And he couldn't afford to have her spirit she spent forty years football fields and Austin city narrator. And dying passes rumored CU punched the White House absolutely on I think so yeah they're hurt. And in the Nevada. Soul that it is like there that this played out of the it isn't it kind hearing in them on display here is sitting in the halls of the capitol there. It was actually a temporary receiving vault before they were buried. So they would be in a casket but they would spend time and involved the ground is frozen north and members of Washington. You can keep people underground might be cool in the summer. You can keep people out. Probably a couple weeks or at some issues in the for years now and it's untreated. It. Due to worry on Halloween and Easter and. We don't we are pretty fortunate here we have a dog walking program you'll see some dogs there isn't some dogs yeah its a membership program way there's one here. Here. And down. Two purposes it rains a lot of money or grievances about 200000 that your membership these. And it goes towards restoring some of the monuments and and it's also our eyes and years in the cemetery so. We don't have issues like the other senators and drinking and vandalism because we always have an art form it's. That was enough ago now so let's isn't as we like to think that they've got to send a salzman is here late to go and hunt somewhere else because this is their final resting place on punter and place. I don't think so although there isn't something happens in the state house ones. We get things that ball in the basement follow shelves in the basement makes him really weird noises. Especially in the early evening here and to give us. McCready now for every Q what is this and other public and ultimately this will be a private family vault built about the same time eighteenth and that all of these are on the line yes yes but all I've been involved in a lot of people. Inside each one. Current current yes yeah all occupied. Just the public vault that isn't. And we used a public vote now horror kind of VIP space and throw events means that a Aaron Aaron inflatable furniture. I VIP only. Oh. The we'd like to introduce new people into the cemetery I'm with Harry fence. Because they quickly becoming enamored with the cemetery. Underground get lost on purpose. And they start reading the tombstones and some people might even you know that this guy William ease the they might just get really enamored so they wanna Google Eminem and about his life and note right as a blog posts them. So any other incidents it's not really disrespectful it's normal weight people coming in learning about those that are here that might have otherwise. Interesting story. Pitching. And we do I'm just on the other side hello to their we have. A woman named Mary hall. Hughes' single businesswoman. And believe it or not she died in 1982 I believe. Under state was worth nearly a million ups just guys. For a woman in Washington. And the he's big business human events and classes bordello and Washington. Mary hall username. And her bordello is located. Near the US capitol building pretty good. And past yeah yeah. And so she's hurt she's buried here long as their mother and her sister and you know and one at the news here. We did have some research and Mary hall she's pretty well known because when they excavated her site or housewives. They discovered ulcers very expensive champagne bottles quarks. And exotic fruits and vegetables that no 1 else good morning. And pretty accusing looks to. A little down. Okay. It's in my head. Yes actually. Looking three our records we have very detailed records and everybody's. Get lost in them especially when you go down a common cause of death. And I was going down that column reading records and one of the causes of doubtless tiger bite. How on earth summing it killed my tigers of Washington DC this is 1899. And so I did a lot of research on it turns out his name's Charles eager to. And you mainly from home from Indian and doing the circus. And he had unfortunate habit sleeping on top of the tiger. It's one night when. I don't know. Eight earnings. I don't know maybe a love for animals or something. But one night his legs but down into the aggregate and visible to him. And served as being the circus they left town and left port Charles Stevens hospital where he died about twelve hours later. I mean a lot of newspaper stories 1899 and descriptions were buried graphic of his leg. And up or insurance salesman and buried him here at Mercury. It hits yet Stan elementary east end. And we just recently had no felony. Program raise money or his actual. It's so after. 200 in seventeen years piracy when it's. Take on. Now we sign. John Quincy Adams and there is not very here booklet pregnant. By president. Candidates for president guess any of them. I guess we're very unfortunate to have Eldridge Gary here. He was a vice president under medicine. And he was also a signer of the declaration of independence the only person injured in Washington. Had such an honor. And he is kind of interesting in the early eighteen hundreds if not he read through his district in Massachusetts and it kind of shaped like a salamander. So the local press kind of took him to town for that's and he called it gerrymandering and that's exactly what we caught today aren't open staring. So where is his it's a special one of these kinds and he's got a rather large him over on. Verizon and big marvel at the bigger and busier street there yeah.

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