You are now located along the boundary between Montrose Park and Oak Hill Cemetery. One of the oldest cemeteries in the city, it is also part of the original land tract that included Montrose Park and Dumbarton Oaks. Jane Boyce and her husband, George Washington Parke Custis Peter, are buried here, as are the original land owners, the Linthicums. Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln’s youngest son, Willie was temporarily buried here in the Carroll family vault when he died in 1862. After Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, Willie was disinterred and returned with President Lincoln to Illinois. Both father and son are now buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.
When the park was first envisioned, a survey was done of the Montrose estate. At that time, it was learned that the fence along the western edge of Oak Hill Cemetery came across the estate’s eastern property line. Since Oak Hill Cemetery was established some 60 years earlier in 1848, the fence line could not be changed due to burials in the area. It wasn’t until 1985 that the 0.19 acres in question were transferred from the federal government to the Cemetery.
Please return to the park bulletin board near R Street. Hit the NEXT button below when you arrive.