Green Wood Cemetery in Kings County, New York is one of the oldest in the United States. Established in 1838, it is not only among America's first community or rural cemeteries, that is a national stork landmark. For over 170 years, the beautifully maintained property draws thousands of visitors of the year, not only for the historical significance of the property, because of its surrounding parks, attractions, and reputation as one of the most "fashionable places to be buried."
Spanning over 475 acres, the grounds of Green Wood Cemetery sprawl over heels, valleys, and flatlands, grazed with elegant ponds and meandering pathways that offer visitors a literal step back into time and history. During any season of the year, Green Wood Cemetery offers a wealth of luxurious and stately beauty that can't be matched.
Services at Green Wood Cemetery offer traditional as well as aboveground burial options as well as cremation. Staff at Green Wood Cemetery are also proud to offer special tribute programs to memorialize an honor loved ones, as well as their Celebrate Life program, which offers opportunities to plant or adopt trees, and the Forever Flowers seasonal flower program. Throughout the property, visitors will find Memorial benches, and the mausoleum is graced with beautiful Celestial Lights that offer perpetual lighting for crypts within the mausoleum.
Staff and employees of the Green Wood Cemetery have a long tradition of providing numerous multi-denominational and cultural funeral and burial services for grieving family members and loved ones, continuing their tradition of care and compassion two decades and generations from the early and humble beginnings of our country to the dawn of the 21st century.
Hundreds of famous and notable Americans are buried in these historical cemetery, designed by David Bates, including founder of the New York Herald, James Gordon Bennett, Leonard Bernstein, famous American artist George Catlin, and Horace Greeley, among politicians, civil war generals, and even famous criminals.
Located just south of downtown Brooklyn, and nestled between Prospect Park and Upper New York Bay, the grounds of Green Wood Cemetery may be accessed off of Interstate 278 or 478, with a turnoff on the 25th Street, a short distance from New York City and surrounding communities.