The Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 and is the final resting place of nearly 600,000 persons, including some of New York's most memorable figures. The Green-Wood Historic Fund publicizes and interprets the architecture, specimen trees, gardens, glacial ponds, cast-iron signage and fences, tombs, mausoleums, sculptural monuments and animal habitats on Green-Wood Cemetery's 478 acres. The organization also maintains and restores monuments and buildings that it deems of historical, cultural or architectural importance.
The Battle of Brooklyn took place here during the Revolutionary War and markers commemorate the event. The highest point of the cemetery has views of the New York Harbor and Manhattan. A statue of Minerva here is positioned so as to return the gaze of the Statue of Liberty across the harbor.
The cemetery's diverse program of public and school tours is conducted by foot or with its trolley.
Classes visit the cemetery to explore monuments and
inscriptions, and conduct science and history projects. For example, the
students of P.S. 230‚ neighborhood elementary school
"adopted" by Green-Wood‚ hatched 40 Chinese Ring neck pheasants
which were then released onto the cemetery grounds. Art and art history
classes are also held on the grounds during the more temperate months.