The spring equinox signals a time of rebirth and renewal, the end of winter dormancy, and the promise of warmer and longer days ahead. Green-Wood invites you to celebrate with us as our 478 verdant acres come to life with blossoming flowers and birds returning to make their nests. The evening begins indoors with inspirational readings and a guided meditation. Later, a peaceful walk through Green-Wood concludes with a gathering around a small bonfire to toast the new season.
Batter up! To lead off the 2018 season, we welcome baseball historian Tom Gilbert for a tour of Green-Wood’s ball-playing pioneers. With Tom and Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman, you’ll visit the monuments and gravestones of Henry Chadwick, the Father of Baseball, who invented the game’s scoring system; James Creighton, baseball’s first national star; Charles Ebbets, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers; and many others who played a role in making baseball America’s National Pastime.
From the first woman to sing live on radio, Eugenia Farrar, to the first black female doctor in New York State, Susan Smith McKinney Steward, this trolley tour celebrates the pioneering women of Green-Wood, including Caroline Weldon, a widowed Brooklyn artist who traveled to the Dakota Territory to become an assistant and liaison to Sitting Bull (Weldon’s story was featured in the 2017 film, “Woman Walks Ahead” starring Jessica Chastain). Plus many others whose stories are remarkable and inspiring.
There are few places more atmospheric than a cemetery at dusk - and Green-Wood is top notch when it comes to beauty and atmosphere. As the sun sets on 478 spectacular acres, you'll weave through stunning landscapes and visit the graves of fascinating figures in New York and American history. This not-to-be-missed walking tour ends with a visit to the Catacombs, which are normally closed to the public.
At the height of the Victorian era, Edward Lovett (1852-1933) spent his days working as a bank teller in London's financial district and his nights exploring the city's poorer areas. He was on the hunt to amass what would become one of the world's largest collection of amulets, charms, and talismans. Among his curious findings were horseshoes hung above the bed to ward off nightmares, flints to cure bouts of gout, and acorn-shaped pulls for window blinds to protect houses from lightning. Lovett charted the history of these objects and other English folklore in numerous articles and lectures. In 1916, he curated the exhibit "The Folklore of London" at the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum.
Many of us give a lot of thought to the design of our homes. New furniture? New paint? Complete reno? What about designing for our “permanent residences”? Join us for a tour of Green-Wood’s monuments and mausoleums that present distinct artistic styles, including Egyptian Revival, Neoclassical, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau. The tour will have special emphasis on design and historic preservation.