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Evelyn Y. Davis wants to go to Petworth, she just doesn’t want to go now.
Just across the street from the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery sits Rock Creek Cemetery, an equally beautiful resting place for civilians. It’s on the grounds of the oldest church in DC, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and bodies have been buried here since 1719.
Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter, Alice Longworth, Constitution signer Abraham Baldwin and “Meet the Press” icon Tim Russert are among the assembled dead.
And, again, it’s a beautiful place to visit.
Seeing the burial plot for Davis is alone worth the trip.
She’s a DC resident who has gained international fame after decades of playing the gadfly role at stockholders meetings.
One more thing about Davis: She’s very much alive.
But she set up a fabulous monument to herself years ago, and pretty much engraved her life story on the many stones that make up the place. Why let others write your epitaph?
She’s had to change the etched-in-stone bio over time, to take into account job changes and add in a divorce or two.
I once called up Davis to ask about the fabulous plot, but she didn’t want to talk about it for a couple reasons. She said it was “her busy stockholder meeting season. And besides, she added, “Everybody already knows about that.”
That second statement ain’t true at all, but in all my years of asking questions, that’s the best non-answer I’ve ever gotten.