Welcome to New York Cemetery Tours. I’m your host, James Henry. I’m a Certified New York City Tour Guide specializing in the cemeteries and graveyards of New York City. I am part of the staff of guides at Green-Wood Cemetery and I’m the head tour guide at The Evergreens Cemetery

You can book tours with me a number of different ways. I offer private walking tours year round. I accept cash, check, Venmo and PayPal payments. When I am leading a public tour for Green-Wood or The Evergreens cemetery, I will post a link to that tour so you can sign up. Be sure to check back regularly because I’m constantly adding new tours. 

If you would like a private tour of Green-Wood please contact my boss Derya here

Tours and Zooms I’ll lead at Green-Wood Cemetery for 2022
              
“REVOLUTIONARY SPIRITS” TROLLEY TOUR & TASTING    AUG 13 (3:30 -6)       TICKETS HERE
Green-wood after hours                                             aug 13 ( 7-9)           TICKETS HERE
DISCOVER GREEN-WOOD TROLLEY TOUR                          AUG 20  (1 – 3)         TICKETS HERE
Green-wood’s greatest hits                                        aug 21 ( 1 – 2:30)    TICKETS HERE

“REVOLUTIONARY SPIRITS” TROLLEY TOUR & TASTING    AUG 27 (3:30 -6)       TICKETS HERE

“REVOLUTIONARY SPIRITS” TROLLEY TOUR & TASTING    SEPT 10 (3:30 -6)      TICKETS HERE
green-wood after hours                                             oct 7 ( 6-8 )             TICKETS HERE

“REVOLUTIONARY SPIRITS” TROLLEY TOUR & TASTING    OCT 8 (3:30 -6)         TICKETS HERE
DISCOVER GREEN-WOOD TROLLEY TOUR                          Oct 15  (1 – 3)         TICKETS HERE
green-wood after hours                                             oct 28 ( 5:30 -7:30 )TICKETS HERE
Green-wood’s greatest hits                                       Oct 30 ( 1 – 2:30)    TICKETS HERE
green-wood after hours                                            oct 31 ( 6-8 )          TICKETS HERE
DISCOVER GREEN-WOOD TROLLEY TOUR                         NOv 12  (1 – 3)         TICKETS HERE
egyptomania at GREEN-WOOD TROLLEY TOUR              NOv 19  (10 – 12)     TICKETS HERE
green-wood after hours                                            Nov 26  ( 5-7 )          TICKETS HERE
 
**** My private tour of Manhattan cemeteries and graveyards will debut SOON. I will offer both a Historic / Architectural tour and a specialized tour about Body Snatching in NYC.****
 
all tours at the evergreens cemetery are on hold for now

 

REVIEWS

“The Green-Wood Cemetery experience far exceeded my expectations. I am an artist and learned so much about overall cemetery sculpture, monuments, materials, history of the area and the symbolism from this tour. Much of the information I can apply when I visit other cemeteries to enhance my experience. It was really fun and enjoyable as James is tremendously knowledgeable and engaging. I highly recommend this tour, it was the best thing I’ve done in New York!” – Marnie Weber

“This was my second visit to Green-wood cemetery. Considering the massive 478 acres of ground to cover, much of it very steep, I soon realized I had missed out on numerous vistas on that initial trip. James very efficiently navigated us through the giant necropolis over the rolling hills to stop at numerous hidden gems, complete with city skylines, palatial mausoleums nestled before peaceful lagoons, and noteworthy monuments easily missed.  If you’re considering exploring on your own, as I first did, you’ll miss out. There’s no way to thoroughly cover this whole place on your own without a talented guide like James to blaze a trail to the highlights. As you’ll see, complementing these grand sites are many intriguing stories about the noteworthy individuals and families interred here. James is a walking, talking encyclopedia of the fascinating history of the cemetery and its occupants. His love of this beautiful place and his love of sharing it was evident throughout the experience. He also ties together the evolution of cultural attitudes toward death with monument design, both specific to Green-wood and cemeteries in general. As a fellow tour guide and taphophile, often I find my knowledge of certain subjects only scratching the surface and lacking a deeper breadth of knowledge.  He connected many dots for me, all in a very engaging and easygoing way. You will leave feeling enriched. Highly recommended!”  – Scot Hourcade

“James meet us outside the grounds and gave us a ride in. Unfortunately it was a very rainy morning so we didn’t get out of the car much, but James made the best of it driving us around. He was and endless wealth of information regarding the general evolution of cemeteries and specific history of Greenwood and the people it holds. He gives commercial tours as well, so we got the benefit of a professional guide and the intimacy of a one on one experience. Highly recommended.” – Leigh Braatz 

“Exceptional tour! James is super funny and has a lot of cool cemetery facts. I went home with a ton of great photos and tidbits of knowledge to match. Green-Wood is beautiful and I could easily have spent a whole day exploring the grounds. Whether you have a lot of time or a little, carve out some time to spend with James!” – Scarlett Fox

“Highly recommended tour! James is a very knowledgeable guide who gives a very interesting tour and also adds some “light touch” to it where appropriate. I had a great time, learned new things about Brooklyn and Manhattan history and will do the tour again when back with family or friends.” – Adam Liebling

“A wonderful experience with an interesting and knowledgeable guide I can not recommend enough! It felt like being guided through a great story by a friend.” – Jan Dupree

This experience far exceeded my expectations! James was exceptionally knowledgeable about Greenwood cemetery, New York, Brooklyn and all things in between! He nearly made the place come alive with his stories! He was helpful, entertainingly informative and very likable! I want to come back in every season to revel in the beauty of this special place!” – Rhonda Weyer

“James is knowledgeable and provides very detailed and fascinating information about the cemetery, and everything inside it, including wildlife too! I learned a lot about the history of NYC and people who once lived here through this tour. Loved it and highly recommend it to everyone!” – Elina Haikonen

“James provided us with an amazing tour of Green-Wood Cemetery. He was very personable, extremely knowledgeable and a great communicator. He shared a variety of stories that were based on the art, the architecture, and the history that is a part of the monuments, memorials and mausoleums found within the vast cemetery. It was a blustery day, but his warm car allowed us to cover a great deal of the special land making up this once “rural cemetery.” The Manhattan skyline vista from Battle Hill is stunning. To witness the statue of Minerva waving directly to her sister, Lady Liberty, out in the bay was moving. James highlighted famous politicians, musicians, artists, inventors, clergy and the “common man” who are buried here. He told stories highlighting their lives, and he supported his information with great images from a photo gallery he had on his iPad. My husband declared, “James is a true Renaissance man.” His Green-wood Cemetery Tour is fueled by his passion and life’s purpose. Don’t miss this experience; sign up today!” -Wendy Hardy

“What better way to walk through a biographical history of New York City than to walk and ride through this parklike cemetery. Our guide really owns this place, and the pride of ownership quickly pulls you in. The cemetery predates Central Park and all the great parks of NYC. As a result, it is the repository of many of the celebrities and characters that shaped NY in the 19th and 20th centuries. James invites you to meet all his deceased friends, who he brings back to life. The tales capture the slice of life buried here: fascinating, racy, hilarious, provocative and yes, lots of good gossip. Ask questions, beg for more, and James will hit the gas. Cemeteries, unlike museums, have no explanatory videos or signage, so without a guide, the place is beautiful, but lifeless. You really need James here, and at the end of our tour, your bonus is a new friend.” – Mark Tanaka