Green-wood Cemetery is one of New York’s oldest burial grounds, but its development reaches back all the way to the beginning of Brooklyn’s surprising history — in fact, to the founder of Brooklyn Heights.
Find out why it took an inventive city planner with a funny name, a dead New York icon, and a few errant parakeets to make this place a beautiful, richly historical place to visit today.
A romantic depiction of Green-wood, with the gate and a serene East River in the background
An old, original map of Green-wood. (Click in to see detail.)
Green-Wood was meant to be a place for the living as well as the dead. In fact, this engraving from 1855, I can’t even identify any gravestones! (Pic courtesy Ancestors at Rest)
Richard Upjohn’s Gothic revival gate with those two dramatic arches
A great picture of the entire structure (courtesy here)
A bold statue marks the spot where DeWitt Clinton was moved in 1844, in an effort to draw the attentions of New Yorkers initially unwilling to be buried at Green-wood
Minverva and the Altar to Liberty, a sculpture erected in 1920 and sculpted F. Wellington Ruxell, faces the East River, and a creative soul could imagine she’s waving at the Statue of Liberty
Some spend eternity in ornate, theatrical mausoleums; others are laid to rest in simpler settings.
The lush plot of Henry Ward Beecher….
….while a simple stone marks the grave of his mistress Elizabeth Tilden
The hilly landscape makes from gorgeous scenery and very winding paths
Contrasting the solemn mood at Green-Wood are the flocks of monk parakeets nesting in the Upjohn spires (picture courtesy Brooklyn Parrots, which has a lot of great information the unusual Brookly parrot phenomenon)
Check this out, a great old illustrated book from 1847 of some of the original features of Green-Wood Cemetery.
The official website has more information on upcoming tours and events at Green-Wood. Here’s what’s going on there next Saturday:
“6:15 PM – SATURDAY NIGHT BY MOONLIGHT, FLASHLIGHT, AND FOOTLIGHTS – A WALK. Bring a flashlight, sign a waiver of liability, and you’re all set. This special walk features live accordion music, a visit to the Catacombs, and the light (weather permitting) of a full moon. No reservation necessary. Admission is $20 for the public; $10 for Historic Fund members”
They have great maps at the front gate which indicate some of the most famous residents. You can also try self-guided walking guides by Big Onion and Walking Brooklyn.
There’s also a great new-ish book of photographs by Alexandra Mosca taken at Green-Wood Cemetery, as part of the Images of America series.
6 replies on “PODCAST: Green-Wood Cemetery”
Didn’t Charles Lindbergh pay rasom to a shadowy figure in Greenwood Cemetary after his son was kidnapped?
I don’t believe so.
Historical Research Associate/Tour Guide
The Green-Wood Cemetery National Historic Landmark
500 25th St
Brooklyn, NY 11232
You can check out more regarding The Green-Wood Cemetery (yes, with a “The” and dash [-]) at my web site:
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Please be advised that Chris B. is NOT a research associate or tour guide for The Green-Wood Cemetery and if he continues to represent himself as such, he will leave us no choice but to take legal action.
R. Moylan, President, The Green-Wood Cemetery
Chris B. is correct. I believe that was done in New Jersey. However, Chris B. is NOT a Historical Research Associate nor a tour guide for The Green-Wood Cemterey and if he continues to represent himself as such, we will have no choice but to pursue legal action. Richard J. Moylan, President, The Green-Wood Cemetery
does anyone know where the people who lived in 5 points were buried when they died ? and also the general slocum deaths? thank you so much