Explore the only remaining active cemetery in Manhattan and learn about the people now ingrained in NYC’s history

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What You'll Do

For public historian Eric K. Washington, some of the most fascinating history lies six feet below the grounds of Trinity Church Cemetery. The only remaining active cemetery in Manhattan, the site has served as the final resting place for some of the city's most prominent inhabitants since the 18th century. While you walk among the headstones, Washington regales you with stories about the famous people buried beneath, including founding father Alexander Hamilton, one of Charles Dickens's sons, and several generations of the aristocratic Astor family.

  • Venture into Manhattan's Only Active Cemetery
    Continuing to function as a modern final resting place, Trinity Church Cemetery has interred prominent individuals since the 18th century

  • Hear the Tales of Notable Occupants
    Public historian Eric K. Washington tells the fascinating stories of such individuals as founding father Alexander Hamilton and radical lesbian writer Mercedes de Acosta

Each event is capped at 20 participants; each event requires a minimum of 8 participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Eric K. Washington Eric K. Washington
NYC Public Historian

Award-winning public historian Eric K. Washington, who's also the author of Manhattanville: Old Heart of West Harlem and a contributor to New York by Bus & Subway, has spent years unearthing Manhattan's hidden stories. His current project—cataloguing the tales of Trinity Church Cemetery—promises to occupy him for many years to come with the intertwining legacies of those buried within. Boasting already expansive knowledge on the site, he's developed his own iPhone travel app for tourists walking the grounds of the cemetery.


Where You'll Meet

Tours meet outside of The Chipped Cup.


In a Nutshell

Longtime public historian of New York City leads you through Trinity Church Cemetery, the last active burial ground in Manhattan

The Fine Print

Expires Dec 29th, 2013. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 8 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Must provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Must be 18 or older. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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