"The Churchyard abounds with images which find a mirror in every mind."

– Samuel Johnson

Discover Trinity Church Cemetery (Uptown)

Did you think a cemetery was the end of the line? I'm sure my Trinity Church Cemetery tour will convince you otherwise. This modest patch of green in upper Manhattan's Washington Heights is a stirring intersection between past and present.

Established in 1842, this 24-acre memorial park was originally laid out by James Renwick, Jr., and later improved by Calvert Vaux. It is one of New York State’s most important burying grounds, steeped in Revolutionary War, Civil War, civic- and social history. It survives today as Manhattan’s only still-active cemetery. 

Trinity Church Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, yet it remains one of New York City’s best-kept secrets. Discover this venerable and intriguing place on an onsite walking tour with me as your guide.

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I participated in an absolutely riveting tour of Manhattan's Trinity Church Cemetery in Washington Heights led by Eric Washington, a walking encyclopedia and a gifted storyteller.

 

 

 

Eric Washington is...good on his feet and on the page. He documents his projects with superb photographs and is versatile across media, whether approaching exhibits or iPhone apps.

Eric spoke to our Urban Planning graduate students...and his presentation...on Trinity Cemetery was wonderful. He is an engaging speaker who offers clever ways of exploring Manhattan's history.

McKelden Smith, President
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society











Kathleen Hulser, Public Historian

David King, Assistant Professor at Columbia University

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation

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Doctors & Healers Tour

This tour highlights such New Yorkers of medicine and healing as Dr. David Hosack, once the city's most prominent physician, who treated Alexander Hamilton after the fatal duel with Aaron Burr; his son Dr. Alexander Hosack, who was later Aaron Burr's physician; Dita H. Kinney, first Superintendent of the Army Nurse Corps; Lucy Nichols, African-American midwife in antebellum West Harlem; and John Moffat, Dr. John Moffat, who made a fortune on his “Vegetable Life Pills” and “Phoenix Bitters.”