There are many ways to visit Green-Wood’s 478 acres…

SHARON MATT-ATKINS
Director of Curatorial Affairs, Brooklyn Museum

cultural legacy

The Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 as one of America’s first rural cemeteries. Still an active cemetery, the Green-Wood of today is also a cultural institution, an outdoor museum that tells the history and evokes the cultures of the borough, the city and the nation. Today, Green-Wood’s 478 acres serve as the final resting place for over 570,000 permanent residents.

World War II Project

Seeking your help to identify the veterans of Green-Wood.

“IT IS THE AMBITION OF THE NEW YORKER TO LIVE UPON FIFTH AVENUE, TO TAKE HIS AIRINGS IN THE [CENTRAL] PARK, AND TO SLEEP WITH HIS FATHERS IN GREEN-WOOD.”

– The New York Times, 1866

collections

Art, artifacts, and ephemera that illuminate the history of
Green-Wood and its residents.

archives

Reflective of Green-Wood’s long and venerable history are voluminous archival records documenting its residents and operations.

“GREEN-WOOD STANDS APART AS A THRIVING TESTAMENT TO THE CENTERPIECE OF ALL HISTORY: THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT.”

– Ken Burns, Documentary Filmmaker

“It is the ambition of the New Yorker to live upon Fifth Avenue, to take his airings in the [Central] Park, and to sleep with his fathers in Green-Wood.”

– The New York Times, 1866

collections

Art, artifacts, and ephemera that illuminate the history of
Green-Wood and its residents.

archives

Reflective of Green-Wood’s long and venerable history are voluminous archival records documenting its residents and operations.

“Green-Wood Stands apart as a Thriving testament to the centerpiece of all history: the people who made it”

– Ken Burns, Documentary Filmmaker

THE FREEDOM LOTS

Unearthing lost history through research and restoration

FROM THE vault

Attend an Event

KEYS OF GREEN-WOOD

Ride the Trolley

LETTERHEADS FROM THE ARCHIVES

Leave a Secret

GREEN-WOOD THEN AND NOW

GREENEALOGY

Unlock your family history with Green-Wood’s genealogical services

countless stories

NOTABLE residents

Civil war biographies

World War I Biographies

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

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Contact us

Archives

For general information on Green-Wood’s Institutional archives and for internship and volunteer opportunities, please email us at Archives@green-wood.com.

Collections

For general information on Green-Wood’s Collection of art and artifacts, to schedule a research visit, or to inquire about rights and reproduction, please email us at Collections@green-wood.com.

Photo Credits (from top, left to right, approximate, excluding thumbnails): Header from GWHF, Freedom Lots by Art Presson, Archives from GWC, Collections by Stacy Locke, Greenealogy by Art Presson