Now, by popular demand, Green-Wood is offering a rotation of three different trolley tours. Read below for a description of each and when they’re being given during the current season (see our calendar for tour dates as well).
NOTE: All tours visit Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel, and Battle Hill, the site of George Washington’s 1776 Battle of Brooklyn.
You will also visit De Witt Clinton, Leonard Bernstein, Elias Howe (patented sewing machine, buried with his dog Fannie), The Beard Bear bronze sculpture, The Civil War Soldiers Lot with the Little Drummer Boy, John MacKay of Comstock Lode (mausoleum has heat & elctricity), Henry Ward Beecher, Boss Tweed, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh, the Green-Wood catacombs, the Roosevelt Family Lot, Indian Princess Do-Hum-Me Indian, George C. Tilyou (founder of Steeplechase Coney Island), and the Prentiss brothers (One Union, One Confederate).
The Far Side of Green-Wood:
We will take the perimeter roads and visit: all 4 glacial ponds; Gangster Johnny Torrio, who taught Al Capone everything he knew; the father of baseball Henry Chadwick; the bride that died on her wedding day; the inventor of the hot dog, Charles Feltman; the legend of and sculpture of “The Lady in the Bathtub;” the magnificent sculpture of Azrael the Angel of Death with a tragic story behind it; the Mafia Bride; Lola Montez, Courtesan and Lady of the Spider Dance; William Niblo, famous vaudeville theater owner who would picnic by his mausoleum while he was alive; the magnificent Valentine Angel; Samuel Chester Reid, designer of the american flag; The Wizard of Oz and much more.
Hidden Gems of Green-Wood:
There will be four stops (including Battle Hill) where we will be walking into lots to see memorials that are off the roadside. We will see Louis Moreau Gottschalk, the first matinee Idol, with a walk to see My Wife Jane – the sculpture of his last memory of his beloved wife. We will also see: the magnificent memorial to Charlotte Canda, who was killed at age 17 when thrown from her carriage; the inventor of room service; Rex the dog; the Schermerhorn family mausoleum; Jean-Michel Basquiat (Andy Warhol’s prodigy); Cedar Dell and its old 18th century brownstone monuments with skull & crossbones and a valiant Civil War soldier; The Sea Captain; Bill the Butcher (featured in the movie Gangs of New York); the Pierrepont family open air mausoleum; the Tiffany family and more surprises.