Walking Tour: Trinity Church Cemetery in Upper Manhattan
Join local historian Eric K. Washington, author of Trinity Church Cemetery, a new iPhone travel app, on a tour of Manhattan’s only still-admitting cemetery, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (1980). Established in 1842, Trinity Church Cemetery was the rural burying ground of New York City’s Trinity Parish, which predicted it to become “like ‘Mount Auburn,’ near Boston… a place of picturesque and solemn interest.” Located about ten miles uptown from its parent body at Wall Street, the so-called “garden” or “ornamental” cemetery was originally laid out by James Renwick Jr., and re-landscaped years later by Calvert Vaux. The burial markers of this nearly 24-acre memorial park chronicle much of New York City’s eventful history through the lives of its culturally disparate citizenry. Notable burials include such prominent New Yorkers as naturist John James Audubon; adventuress Madame Eliza Jumel; merchant prince John Jacob Astor; poet Clement Clarke Moore ("A Visit From St. Nicholas") and Mayor Cadwallader D. Colden whose long-lost grave Mr. Washington recently rediscovered. But some of the city’s most disenfranchised citizens reside here, too, in public lots once set aside for African-Americans, indigent elderly women, orphans, and waifs. Mr. Washington will also discuss how to go about accessing cemetery data, which is archived off site.
Meet: in front of Audubon Terrace (on Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets).
Directions: Subway: # 1 to 157th St. Station or # M4, M5; Bus: Bx6 to 155th Street.
Note: Walking tour is approximately 2 hours long—rain or shine. Please come prepared for the weather and for strolling through the countryside.
Fee: NYG&B Members - $12, Non-members $18
Register online or call 212-755-8532, ext. 211.