A Bastille Day Tour Through Trinity Church Cemetery Uptown
Saturday, July 14, 2012, 11:00 AM
Maybe it’s a far cry from the Père Lachaise in Paris, but Trinity Church Cemetery in Washington Heights does reveal occasional traces of a French accent. In honor of Bastille Day, a walking tour with some quirky French twists will explore New York City’s own complex cross-cultural bloodlines. Laid out in 1842, this final resting place of some of Gotham’s most fascinating citizens is Manhattan’s only still-functioning cemetery. Its verdant grounds border the former rural upper Manhattan estate of John James (né Jean-Jacques) Audubon, the great French naturalist who is a permanent resident here. Other waypoints of interest include the graves of Madame Eliza Jumel, the adventuress; Rita de Acosta Lydig, legendary American beauty in Paris of la belle époque; her younger sister Mercedes de Acosta, writer whose sapphic prowess caught even Paris’ artistic avant-garde off guard; and Dr. David Hosack, who personally conferred upon General Marquis de Lafayette--preeminent French hero of the American Revolution--an honorary membership to the New-York Historical Society during the latter’s triumphal return visit to this city in 1824. Trinity Church Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tour Leader: Eric K. Washington, is a local historian and author of Trinity Church Cemetery, an iPhone travel app recently released by Rama/Crimson Bamboo, and of Manhattanville: Old Heart of West Harlem, published in the iconic Arcadia-Images of America book series.
Meet: N.W. corner of Broadway and West 155th Street, in front of Audubon Terrace.
Cost of Tour: $20. Pay at tour (credit card accepted with Square) - No reservations necessary.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org -- Tour conducted rain or shine. -- Dress for country-style walking.