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A Beautiful Death in the Bronx: Walk the Art and Stories of Woodlawn Cemetery

Journey to historic Woodlawn Cemetery and discover the lavish mausoleums, ornate memorials & captivating stories of the more than 300,000 people who now call these 400 acres their eternal home

Saturday, October 20 - Journey to historic Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx to discover its lavish mausoleums and ornate memorials, as well as some of the captivating stories of the more than 300,000 people who now call its 400 acres their eternal home.

Established in 1863, Woodlawn contains around 1,300 private mausoleums, such as the Belmont Mausoleum, which is a full-scale replica of the 15th century St. Hubert chapel at the Château d’Amboise; the haunting Untermyer Memorial created by the sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney that opens on three metal doors; and the Bache Mausoleum modeled after the ancient Trajan's Kiosk in Egypt. The walk will also include the unfortunate field of souls who perished in the 1918 flu epidemic, the intrepid journalist Nellie Bly who had herself committed to a mental asylum in the 19th century, and astristocratic victims of the Titanic. 
This exploration is part of our second annual Autumn Cemetery Exploration Series with Atlas Obscura resident cemetery expert Allison Meier. Other NYC area opportunities include:
Tickets are $18 and a portion of the proceeds go to support Woodlawn Cemetery. 
Directions: Take the 4 train to the end of the line in the Bronx.
(Image: Patricia Cronin, “Memorial to a Marriage”)
  • Saturday, October 20, 2012: 1 - 3 pm.
  • Woodlawn Cemetery: East 233rd Street  New York, NY 10470
  • Meet at 1pm at the cemetery gate at Jerome Avenue and Bainbridge Avenue.
  • Bring water, your camera, and wear sturdy shoes!