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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 Park.
Established in 1999, the Green-Wood Historic Fund maintains Green-Wood's monuments and buildings of historical, cultural and architectural significance; advances public knowledge and appreciation of Green-Wood; and preserves the natural habitat of one of New York City's first green spaces. With funding from our members and donors, the Historic Fund sponsors walking and trolley tours, book talks, performances and special events throughout the year.