Cool History – Reader Finds Tombstones for Horses Buried at Dumbarton Oaks

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“There are two horses buried in Dumbarton Oaks! [1703 32nd St, NW]

Hidden away just off one of the paths in Dumbarton Oaks is a little pet cemetery. The owners of Dumbarton Oaks, Mildred and Robert Bliss buried their pets there with the names carved on river stones.

Apparently the Blisses’, especially Mildred, were animal lovers. According to an oral history taken from one of the Dumbarton Oaks gardeners, she would first ask about his dog, then him and then his wife, in that order, “always the dogs first.”

The cemetery has a total of eight graves; six dogs and two horses. Jock W is the oldest gravestone dated 1910-1919.

The dogs are:

Jock W. 1910-1919; Oak Taffy 1928-1935; Oaks Blitz 1931-1939; Ari 1931-1941; Cero 1932-1941 and Oaks Christie 1935-1936

And the two horse graves: Quadrangle 1910-1928 and Smokey B. W. 1928-1940.


Photo by PoPville flickr user number7cloud