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The Green-wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 by Henry Evelyn Pierrepoint. The original layout for the cemetery was designed by landscape architect David Bates Douglass. The 478 acres have a varied terrain and feature both the highest point in Brooklyn (Battle Hill) and four glacial kettle ponds.
Green-Wood is a living cemetery that brings people closer to the world as it is and was, by memorializing the dead and bringing to life the art, history, and natural beauty of New York City. Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America.
Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 as a rural cemetery, in a time of rapid urbanization when churchyards in New York City were becoming overcrowded. Described as "Brooklyn's first public park by default long before Prospect Park was created",  Green-Wood Cemetery was so popular that it inspired a competition to design Central Park in Manhattan , as well as Prospect Park nearby.
Green-Wood Cemetery is a 478-acre (193 ha) cemetery in Brooklyn, New York City. The cemetery lies several blocks southwest of Prospect Park, and is generally bounded by 20th Street to the northeast, Fifth Avenue to the northwest, 36th and 37th Streets to the southwest, Fort Hamilton Parkway to the south, and McDonald Avenue to the east.
We do have complete records at the Cemetery, so please contact us if you need further assistance. Also, please note that the date of interment listed here may not be the date of an individual’s first burial at Green-Wood; if an individual is interred in one grave, but then moved to another, the date of interment listed here will be that for interment in the current (or second) location.
Map of Green-Wood Cemetery One of the best ways to explore Green-Wood without getting lost is by using one of our comprehensive free maps. Find some of Green-Wood’s famous and infamous 560,000 permanent residents, visit one of our four picturesque lakes, visit Battle Hill, get directions to Green-Wood or just plan your own tour through Green-Wood.
We remind you that Green-Wood is an active cemetery, please be respectful of cemetery services and operations. Be mindful of those visiting the final resting places of loved ones and respect their privacy. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Visiting: – No bicycles, scooters, rollerblades, or the like are allowed.
Discover Green-Wood Trolley Tour. Join our expert tour guides aboard our fully heated trolley to explore Green-Wood’s historic landscape and some of its most fascinating permanent residents. If you have never been to the Cemetery this is your opportunity to discover its 478 acres of art, history, and nature!
Greenwood Funeral Homes and Cremation, Greenwood Memorial Park, and Mount Olivet Cemetery are the perfect settings for families and friends to celebrate the life of someone they love; but also to begin the healing process as they draw needed strength from each other, share stories, express love, and most importantly remember...together.