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1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

Credit: Robert Denbo

Experience the most magnificent and historic 478 acres in New York City. Join our expert tour guides to hear fascinating stories of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, see breathtaking views of Manhattan, tread where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn, and much more. Green-Wood offers complimentary hot chocolate on tours all winter! Each tour boasts great views, beautiful monuments throughout, rolling hills, century-old trees and stories of the fascinating persons interred at Green-Wood. Please note: all tours include a visit to Green-Wood's Historic Chapel and to Battle Hill.

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1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

Credit: Robert Denbo

Experience the most magnificent and historic 478 acres in New York City. Join our expert tour guides to hear fascinating stories of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, see breathtaking views of Manhattan, tread where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn, and much more. Green-Wood offers complimentary hot chocolate on tours all winter! Each tour boasts great views, beautiful monuments throughout, rolling hills, century-old trees and stories of the fascinating persons interred at Green-Wood. Please note: all tours include a visit to Green-Wood's Historic Chapel and to Battle Hill.

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1 p.m. Bannerman Castle: The Medieval Ruins of Hudson Valley

1 p.m. Bannerman Castle: The Medieval Ruins of Hudson Valley

Credit: Thom Johnson

For generations, boat and train passengers have been mystified by the sight of castle-like structures looming on an island in the Hudson River. Join Wes and Barbara Gottlock, authors of a book on the subject and tour guides of the island, as they detail the history of this remarkable site, dating back to 1900 when the land was purchased by Brooklyn resident Francis Bannerman (now buried at Green-Wood) for the storage of military goods which he sold through a world famous Civil War-era catalog. With extensive research and stunning photographs, the Gottlocks will cover the island’s rise as a glorious landmark and its eventual decline – plus the recent calls for preservation and restoration. Buy a book and have it signed, then board the Green-Wood trolley for a short tour, including a stop at the Bannerman family plot.

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1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

Credit: Robert Denbo

Experience the most magnificent and historic 478 acres in New York City. Join our expert tour guides to hear fascinating stories of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, see breathtaking views of Manhattan, tread where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn, and much more. Green-Wood offers complimentary hot chocolate on tours all winter! Each tour boasts great views, beautiful monuments throughout, rolling hills, century-old trees and stories of the fascinating persons interred at Green-Wood. Please note: all tours include a visit to Green-Wood's Historic Chapel and to Battle Hill.

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1 p.m. Restoring Glory to Creighton

1 p.m. Restoring Glory to Creighton

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James Creighton was baseball’s first megastar. Revolutionizing the pitcher’s role and changing the game forever, his shocking death at the age of 21 made him baseball’s first martyr. Buried at Green-Wood in 1862, Creighton’s grave quickly took its place in the pantheon of baseball meccas – his obelisk, topped with an iconic lemon-peel baseball (in marble), became a place of pilgrimage. However, that charming marble baseball disappeared long ago. Now, thanks to the work of Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman, baseball historian Tom Gilbert and an impressive lineup of loyal baseball fans, the marble top is back. Join us on our trolley as we drive out to Jim Creighton’s final resting place--with a guided tour by Richman and Gilbert of baseball sites along the way--for a celebration of this 19th-century phenom and the rededication of his monument.

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1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

Credit: Robert Denbo

Experience the most magnificent and historic 478 acres in New York City. Join our expert tour guides to hear fascinating stories of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, see breathtaking views of Manhattan, tread where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn, and much more. Green-Wood offers complimentary hot chocolate on tours all winter! Each tour boasts great views, beautiful monuments throughout, rolling hills, century-old trees and stories of the fascinating persons interred at Green-Wood. Please note: all tours include a visit to Green-Wood's Historic Chapel and to Battle Hill.

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1 p.m. Designing Green-Wood: New York’s First Rural Greenspace

1 p.m. Designing Green-Wood: New York’s First Rural Greenspace

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Green-Wood owes much of its splendor to the genius of its original designer - landscape architect David Bates Douglass. The twists and turns of Green-Wood's 40 miles of pathways purposefully create visual surprises around each bend. In 1838, Douglass eschewed the long vistas of unobstructed open space, in favor of rolling hills and meandering, serpentine walkways. Join Superintendent of Grounds, Art Presson, in Green-Wood's Historic Chapel for a talk on David Bates Douglass's intent and original design. Then board the trolley for a tour of what's changed, what's stayed the same, and how the Green-Wood landscape has evolved over 175 years.

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1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

Credit: Robert Denbo

Experience the most magnificent and historic 478 acres in New York City. Join our expert tour guides to hear fascinating stories of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, see breathtaking views of Manhattan, tread where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn, and much more. Green-Wood offers complimentary hot chocolate on tours all winter! Each tour boasts great views, beautiful monuments throughout, rolling hills, century-old trees and stories of the fascinating persons interred at Green-Wood. Please note: all tours include a visit to Green-Wood's Historic Chapel and to Battle Hill.

(Sold Out) 8:30 p.m. Green-Wood presents The Secret Mausoleum Club

(Sold Out) 8:30 p.m. Green-Wood presents The Secret Mausoleum Club

Credit: Steven Acres

Join the only club in New York that takes place after-hours in a cemetery. Once a month, long after the gates have been closed to the public, you'll get an exclusive look at some of Green-Wood's most fascinating 19th century vaults and chambers. An array of mystery guests and guides will lead a new adventure each month, illuminating fascinating bits of history, art, architecture and wonder. The secret mausoleum of the month won't be revealed to you until you arrive at Green-Wood that night, but each experience promises to be uniquely educational and interesting. In an intimate group of your fellow club members, you'll discover fascinating history and culture, all while enjoying a libation in the atmospheric beauty of a moonlit Green-Wood. Plus, you'll receive a token mausoleum key for each time you come to Green-Wood for a club meeting.

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(Sold Out) 1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

(Sold Out) 1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

Credit: Robert Denbo

Experience the most magnificent and historic 478 acres in New York City. Join our expert tour guides to hear fascinating stories of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, see breathtaking views of Manhattan, tread where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn, and much more. Green-Wood offers complimentary hot chocolate on tours all winter! Each tour boasts great views, beautiful monuments throughout, rolling hills, century-old trees and stories of the fascinating persons interred at Green-Wood. Please note: all tours include a visit to Green-Wood's Historic Chapel and to Battle Hill.

2 p.m. Honoring Fearless Flo

2 p.m. Honoring Fearless Flo

credit: Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc.

We celebrate the life and career of Florence LaBadie, a young silent film sensation in the early 20th-century. Appearing in over 180 films over the course of her short life, LaBadie was a stunningly beautiful actress who enjoyed tremendous fame in her day. A tragic car accident in 1928 cut her life short at the age of 28, and she was buried at Green-Wood shortly thereafter. Mysteriously, neither a gravestone nor a monument was ever placed at her burial site and her resting place has remained unmarked for nearly a century. Now, with the help of Green-Wood, Ned Thanhouser and Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, loyal LaBadie fans and film historians, “Fearless Flo” will finally receive a proper grave marker. Join us on LaBadie’s birthday for a dedication ceremony at her final resting place, featuring music and speeches. A reception will follow in Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel.

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1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

Credit: Robert Denbo

Experience the most magnificent and historic 478 acres in New York City. Join our expert tour guides to hear fascinating stories of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, see breathtaking views of Manhattan, tread where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn, and much more. Green-Wood offers complimentary hot chocolate on tours all winter! Each tour boasts great views, beautiful monuments throughout, rolling hills, century-old trees and stories of the fascinating persons interred at Green-Wood. Please note: all tours include a visit to Green-Wood's Historic Chapel and to Battle Hill.