Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mausoleums and Catacombs at Brooklyn's Green-Wood to Open for One Day

VIDEO: Courtesy of Thirteen’s “The City Concealed."

For one day only, Green-Wood will open many of its most impressive and elaborate mausoleums for public perusal. You will be able to peek inside massive stone slabs and elaborate iron-wrought doors as you step inside stunning examples of Green-Wood’s distinct architecture.

Greenwood in a release says this self-guided tour on Sunday, Oct. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. will include the Egyptian Revival tomb of John Taylor Johnston, an early president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the ornately tiled ceiling of the Hoagland mausoleum – home to a Baking Powder empire; the imposing mausoleum of the Dewey’s, a family of early American settlers; and several more.

In total, fourteen mausoleums will be open plus the rarely-opened Catacombs. At each stop, “house” docents will explain family histories, and historic items, blueprints, and papers will further illuminate the lives of these residents.

Bring your sneakers and walk the route at your leisure, or use the Green-Wood trolley for “hop on, hop off” service between each site. A handy map, provided at the main entrance, will mark the locations of each open house. Don’t miss one of Green-Wood’s most popular events!

Green-Wood – 25th Street at 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
Take the “R” train to 25th Street in Brooklyn and walk up the hill one block and into the Cemetery.
Free parking is available.

This event is $20; $15 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and members of the Brooklyn Historical Society. Reservations are recommended. To make an online reservation or to find out more information, visit www.green-wood.com/toursevents or call 718-210-3080.

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