Spiritualists of Green-Wood Cemetery

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Uncover the strange and spiritual secrets of New York’s foremost Victorian-era cemetery

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Uncover the strange and spiritual secrets of New York’s foremost Victorian-era cemetery. With a focus on the legacy of Spiritualism in the 19th century, this tour will visit the final resting places of mentalists, mediums, and more.

On the tour we will visit the graves of noted mediums and clairvoyants, including Leah Fox, one of the “mothers of Spiritualism,” and a psychic known as “The Brooklyn Enigma,” whose mysterious powers baffled Gilded Age Brooklynites. We’ll also visit the monuments of noted inventors and journalists with connections to the Spiritualist movement. And we’ll visit memorials that situate the Spiritualist movement within broader societal contexts, particularly the prevalence of child mortality and the advent of the Civil War, to deepen our understanding of the human forces and feelings that underlay belief – or the desire to believe – in spirit communication.

Along the route, we’ll also explore the era’s obsession with death and mourning, learn how 19th century technologies may have actually encouraged belief in the spirit world, and discuss the many important ways that Spiritualism and the Women’s Rights movement informed each other.

This tour is designed and led by Andrea Janes, founder of Boroughs of the Dead and co-author of the Stoker-nominated A Haunted History of Invisible Women, a critical examination of the intersection of gender and ghost lore.

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Tour at a Glance
Start Location:

Meet on the street in front of the Green-Wood Cemetery gates on 5th Ave at 25th St. 500 25th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232 Subway: R to 25th St.

Tour Duration:

2 hours

Tour Run Dates:

Year Round

Important Information

Important Information


  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Cash (or your preferred app, i.e. Venmo) if you want to tip your guide


  • Pets
  • Drugs and/or alcohol
  • Film/photography/recording equipment without prior permission


  • Tours run rain or shine, so dress appropriately for the weather! (See our advice here)
  • Wear comfortable shoes! Most of our tours are at least a mile in length.
  • In the event of extreme or severe weather conditions, this tour may be amended or postponed; if postponed you will be given a rain check to take another tour at your convenience.
  • There are no bathroom breaks or rest stops on the tour.
  • Tours start on time, so please try to get to the meeting point 15 minutes early to give yourself time to check in and get comfortable before the tour starts.