Greenwood Cemetery Tour
This tour is currently not offered by us. We are working on a self-guided audio tour. In the meantime, consider our other Brooklyn tours.
Opened in 1838, Green-wood Cemetery was one of America’s first “rural” cemeteries, located beyond New York City’s borders in King’s County (modern-day Brooklyn). The cemetery was meticulously planned by Major Douglass, who transformed 478 acres of wild, rolling hills into a symphony of nature and art. Green-wood’s landscaping was so exceptional that it served as an inspiration to Calvert Vaux, the designer of Central Park. Unlike most cemeteries, Green-wood was created as both a final resting place for Brooklyn’s finest and a public recreational green space. By 1860, it was a prime destination for tourists, attracting 500,000 visitors a year. To this day, locals and tourists alike come to see the grand monuments to fallen civil war heroes and stunning family shrines.
Not only is Green-wood beautiful, it is also the final resting place of famous (and infamous) New Yorkers including Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers, inventors and more. During the tour you’ll hear heroic tales, scandalous stories and touching anecdotes about such notables as:
- Dewitt Clinton, the 6th Governor of New York as well as United State’s Senator
- Leonard Bernstein, world renowned orchestral conductor and composer
- Peter Cooper, inventor, philanthropist and founder of the highly esteemed Cooper Union, an academic institution in Manhattan
- Elias Howe Jr., inventor of the sewing machine
- Charles Pfizer, founder of a pharmaceutical empire
- Seth Low, the only person to serve as Mayor of both the City of Brooklyn and the City of New York. He was also the President of Columbia University
- Charles Ebbets, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team from 1902 to 1925
- Frederick Augustus Otto (aka F.A.O.) Schwartz, founder of the funnest store in the world
The tour also includes the following sites:
- Battle Hill, the highest point in Brooklyn with spectacular views of the City, and also the site of the first and largest major battle of the Revolutionary War.
- the Civil War Soldiers’ Monument and the Minerva statue
- Memorial Obelisk dedicated to the 278 victims of the grisly Brooklyn Theater Fire of 1876
- the gothic revival-style gates by Richard Upjohn, designer of Trinity Church
- the Chapel, designed by architectural firm of Warren and Wetmore, who also designed Grand Central Terminal
So come on out and visit Brooklyn’s gem of a cemetery and one of the most beautiful green spaces in New York City with unrivaled views and even better stories. You’ll be convinced that it’s the ideal place to pass a few hours…or an eternity.
Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1.5 miles (2k)
Where: TBD. Please use our Google map for directions to the start of the tour.
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.