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A view of the rolling hills and winding roads of the picturesque Green-Wood Cemetery. A rare retreat in the centre of Brooklyn.

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I find it appropriate on Thanksgiving to share this image I took while touring the historical Green-Wood Cemetery.  There are quite a few American heroes buried here including those that fell in the civil war as well as the more recent victims of 9/11, including a very poignant grave of three firefighters who were best friends. I have always thought of Thanksgiving as a time to remember those who have made extreme sacrifices for their country so that all of us can continue to enjoy the freedom and founding values of democracy. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Green-Wood Cemetery is not only known for its famous celebrity residents, but also has one of the largest statuary and mausoleums in the country. During the walking tour, we came across this Angel of Grief, also known as a Weeping Angel. I think it looks even more melancholic without its hands.

The original Angel of Grief goes back to 1884, built by the sculptor William Wetmore Story, and is located in a protestant cemetery in Rome. This specific statue was portrayed in the magazine Victorian Cemetery Art – who knew there is a magazine devoted to this topic?!

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Another photograph taken of the old, majestic trees that are everywhere in Green-Wood Cemetery. These trees remind me of old guardians, protecting the liminal realm between life and death.

 

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While taking in a tour at historic Green-Wood, I managed to capture some of the ancient trees on the property. These trees were quite impressive and were growing up around the various mausoleums and graves throughout the cemetery.

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A landscape view of Green-Wood – a must-see National Historic Landmark in the heart of Brooklyn.

A little bit of history about Green-Wood from their site: 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 Parks.

 

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More photos of the amazingly vast Green-Wood historic landmark. Can you spot the parakeets? These birds are living wild in the heart of Brooklyn!

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