Obscura Society NY: Cryptic Symbolism and the Occult at Green-Wood Cemetery - Atlas Obscura

Brooklyn, New York

Obscura Society NY: Cryptic Symbolism and the Occult at Green-Wood Cemetery

Discover the detailed symbolism of death and burial while exploring the esoteric within Green-Wood Cemetery's historic grounds

Join us for a lantern-lit exploration of the memorials and mausoleums of sprawling Green-Wood Cemetery while paying respect to the spiritualists and illusionists interred within.

A magician killed by his own autopsy, a woman who spoke to the dead, and a girl who stopped eating and got second sight — all are now entombed amongst the nearly 600,000 graves in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery. On this  after-hours tour we'll offer our respects to these illusionists and spiritualists, while unveiling some of the occult symbolism hidden on the tombs. From the classic imagery often found on memorials depicting a life well-lived or tragically cut too short to the more obscure signification of Egyptian hieroglyphs and occult emblems, we'll be discussing the myriad of ways that symbolism has been used to represent death, mourning and the soul's journey into the afterlife.

Our night-time adventure will culminate with an intimate, private gathering in one of Green-Wood's most interesting and elaborate memorials: the Whitney family mausoleum. An elaborate, eight-sided gothic chapel, the Whitney mausoleum is typically locked and off-limits to the public. Join us for a rare opportunity to participate in a candle-lit discussion of the strange symbols found within the tomb while getting a chance to spend some meaningful time in this mysterious and rarely accessed burial space.


Tickets: $35
Saturday, March 21; 6 -8pm
We'll be meeting at 5:45pm just within the stone Gothic arch at 25th Street and Fifth Avenue.
Please be on time, the gates will be locked promptly at 6:00pm and will remain locked until the conclusion of our event.
Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for walking. 

Refunded cancellations are required to be at least 24 hours in advance.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support the Green-Wood Historic Fund.

Questions? Email megan@atlasobscura.com