Entrance to Green-Wood

Full-Screen-enlargeEntrance to the Cemetery in 1846 by James Smillie

The inspiration for Manhattan’s Central Park, the landscape at Green-Wood remains to this day a verdant, serene, and mystical place — not to mention a who’s who of 19th Century New York. Green-Wood is today becoming one of the most vibrant historical and cultural institutions in New York.

From their website:

Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. By the early 1860s, it had earned an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the prestigious place to be buried, attracting 500,000 visitors a year, second only to Niagara Falls as the nation’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds 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.

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Museum of the City of New York






South Brooklyn

From the illustrated volume, “Green-Wood in 1846” by N. Cleaveland, Esq.