“One of america's first rural cemetery”
“Founded in 1838 as one of America’s first rural cemeteries, the Green-Wood Cemetery soon developed an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the fashionable place to be buried. By 1860, Green-Wood was attracting 500,000 visitors a year, rivaling Niagara Falls as the country’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds flocked to Green-Wood 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. Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 560,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.
One can say.."Why should I go and visit a cemetery?" I will give you many reasons.
Greenwood cemetery is a 19th century, well preserved cemetery.
Architecturally, the ornamentation of the buildings is just glorious!
The site is well preserved, with beautiful greenery.
It is considered as a landmark as it holds beneath it the bodies of many important American people.
Some graves are artistic monuments, some are very simple, but this place makes you appreciate life and enjoy every moment you spend on earth.
It was a different kind of tour and we did enjoy it.
Cars are allowed, but unfortunately not bikes
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