Evergreens Cemetery
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Evergreens Cemetery, a historic cemetery in the 'rural' style, was incorporated in 1849 and covers 225 acres. Over 500,000 people are buried here, including notables such as tap legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, jazz musician Lester Young, and painter Martin Heade. Visitors can explore the landscape, designed by Andrew Jackson Downing, and see the great variety of architectural styles represented in the mausoleums and gravemarkers. A tour will be offered which includes a visit to the community mausoleum and the receiving vault (normally closed to the public), as well as a tour of the Victorian Gothic Chapel designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in 1849/50, which is currently being renovated.

Eva Bowerman, Director of Programs, will lead a one-hour historical tour that includes information about the variety of architectural styles represented in the mausoleums and gravemarkers. The tour includes a visit to the community mausoleum and the receiving vault (normally closed to the public). Tony Wetzel, President of Historic Construction Mgmt. Corp., will lead a tour of the Victorian Gothic Chapel, designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in 1849/50, which serves as the cemetery office. This half-hour tour will focus on the restorations on the chapel that are currently underway.

Saturday & Sunday Tour Info: The tour of grounds & chapel described above will be offered at 10am on both days.

This site is part of the special series Spaces of Respite, highlighting sites across the five boroughs where you can find respite from the stress of contemporary urban life, pause, and gather your thoughts. Click here to read more and see the full list of participating sites.

 

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