On Saturday, September 23, the Irish Family History Forum will sponsor an Irish-themed trolley tour of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, one of the world’s great cemeteries. The tour, which will start at 1 p.m. sharp, will last about two hours.
Founded in 1838, Green-Wood is a historic and picturesque place, a 478-acre oasis of trees, ponds, gardens, and sculpture. Among the notable Irish buried at Green-Wood are Civil War general and Corkman Thomas Sweeny; Wolfe Tone’s widow, Matilda Tone; copper magnate Marcus Daly, a native of Co. Cavan; American patriot Charles Higgins; actress and mistress of the mighty, Lola Montez (nee Eliza Gilbert), who was born in Co. Sligo; and others.
Forum members and their guests will enjoy a narrated trolley trip through the cemetery’s spectacular landscape as well as several easy walks (participants may remain on the trolley if they prefer). We will enjoy the early fall foliage; visit the graves of Irish notables, as well as the Irish Korean War veterans monument, the Civil War monument, the Green-wood’s historic chapel, and the site of the Battle of Brooklyn, which now affords a wonderful view of the Manhattan skyline; and more.
Reservations To reserve a place on the tour, send a check for $25 per person, payable to Irish Family History Forum, to IFHF, Box 67, Plainview, NY 11803-0067. The deadline for reservations is September 1. However, as reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, those wishing to attend should reserve a place as soon as possible. Members may bring up to two guests.
Directions The tour will commence near the cemetery’s main entrance at 5th Ave. and 25th St., Brooklyn. Directions via car can be found at www.green-wood.com. Free parking is available inside the cemetery. Those traveling via the Long Island Railroad should get off at the Atlantic/Barclays Ctr. stop, take the R train going toward Bay Ridge, and exit at the 25th St. station. They should then walk east one block to Green-Wood at 5th Ave. and 25th St. (Check www.mta.org for station closings.)
Accessibility The trolley is fully accessible for those using a wheelchair or other mobility device, but accommodations will need to be made in advance. Contact email@example.com about this or if you have any general questions about the tour.