Cypress Hills National Cemetery Walk


Confederate and Union graves in the “Old Field” of Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn.

Place: Brooklyn
Time: 2.5 Hours
Distance: 1.5 miles (approximately)
Meeting Point: 625 Jamaica Ave
Ending Point: 833 Jamaica Ave.

The only National Cemetery in New York City is in Brooklyn. Visit the beautiful and historic Cypress Hills National Cemetery, the final resting place for 21,000 veterans and dependents from the American Revolution to the Vietnam War. The cemetery was opened in 1862, and is older than Arlington National Cemetery. Take a walk to visit the graves of 24 Medal of Honor winners and soldiers from more than 200 years of American History. See the graves of such notables as Civil War Colonel Benjamin Ringgold, and two men who earned the Medal of Honor twice: Sgt Major Dan Daly (U.S. Marine Corps) and Coxswain John Cooper (U.S. Navy). Visit the graves of veterans of the War of 1812, more than 500 Confederates from the Civil War, the Harlem Hell Fighters of WWI, and the British and French sailors who perished in the influenza pandemic of 1918.

Tour Highlights:
* Learn U.S. military history from the American Revolution to the Cold War;
* See famous heroes from every major era of the 19th and 20th centuries;
* Significance of cemetery symbolism;
* Enjoy a walk in a historic location;
* See rare photos, maps, and drawings from the guide’s personal collection.

Tickets must be bought at least 24 hours in advance of the tour start time.

Note that Cypress Hills National Cemetery is in three different locations on Jamaica Avenue. The walking tour begins at the historic gates at 625 Jamaica Ave. The second part of the walk will be in the private Cypress Hills Cemetery at 833 Jamaica Ave. MEET AT 625 JAMAICA AVENUE (The gates are big, iron, black, and have artillery shells on top of them)

Meeting Point:
In front of gates at
625 Jamaica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11208

This tour is designed for tourists, locals, families, and groups of friends. You’ll visit more than thirty locations and come away with a new appreciation for the area.