The New York Landmarks Conservancy was pleased to invite its Professional Circle members on a trolley tour of The Green-Wood Cemetery. The tour was led by Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman.
Founded in 1838 as one of America’s first rural cemeteries, Green-Wood soon developed an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the fashionable place to be buried. By 1860, Green-Wood was attracting 500,000 visitors a year who flocked there to enjoy family outings, carriage rides and sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks. In 2006, Green-Wood was designated a National Historic Landmark, recognizing its significance in art, architecture, landscaping and history.
A few of Green-Wood’s most notable residents include: Jean-Michel Basquiat, William Magear “Boss” Tweed, Leonard Bernstein, and Horace Greeley.
Many thanks Mr. Richman and the entire staff at Green-Wood.
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Throughout the year, Circle tours go behind-the-scenes of some of New York’s most interesting historic properties. Some tours require hard hats to visit projects during restoration, while others showcase completed restorations of commercial buildings, residences, museums, churches, and synagogues. On occasion, conservators, engineers, and craftspeople open their studios to our Circle members.