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.