Sunday, September 14, 2008

Green-Wood Cemetery - Brooklyn Edition

Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 in Brooklyn and became a National Historic Landmark in 2006.  It consists of over 450 acres of mature trees and over half a million graves.  There are numerous notables buried here and it was used by New Yorkers as a park before the design of Central Park across the river.  Click HERE to visit the Green-Wood website and HERE to see Green-Wood on google earth.  

The highest point in Brooklyn is located inside Green-Wood, where a monument to the Civil War and Revolutionary War can be found at 'Battle Hill'.  The site  is part of an area that saw the first major battle of the Revolutionary War after the U.S. had declared independence, known as the 'Battle of Long Island'.  Below is the view of downtown Manhattan from the hill.

Captain Mathisen was a Freemason, as can be seen by the symbol over his name.

The Statue of Liberty in the distance from one end of the cemetery. 


Lidian said...

Those are beautiful photos! I was able to visit G-W for the first time last month on a visit home to NYC and found some of my ancestors' graves....It took a long time even with a map and the right lot numbers though, it is even bigger than I imagined!

Katie said...

I love the view of Manhattan! It's pretty cool from Astoria too.

Anonymous said...

Green-Wood is heaven. I wish people could still picnic here, as was done in the 19th century.

Anonymous said...

Amazing. The photos are brilliant. The landscape is beutiful.