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“One of America's first rural cemeteries”
Founded in 1838 as one of America’s first rural cemeteries, the Green-Wood Cemetery 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, rivaling Niagara Falls as the country’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds flocked to Green-Wood 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.
Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 560,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.
I see dead people. OK, maybe not dead people but a whole lotta tombstones. It's 478 acres so surely it must be one of the country's largest cemeteries. Not that I'm a size queen... or a... Read more
I love cemeteries. I love exploring cemeteries. The bigger, the better. This one is no exception to the rule. I had been meaning to visit Green-Wood cemetery for quite some time. The history,... Read more
The cemetery is beautiful and peaceful. BUT. The morbidly obese guard in his booth at the 20th entrance watching porn on his phone today while visitors walk past as they leave the gates? Not so... Read more
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