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.
* 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.
Ticket policy: The VA does not permit ticket sales. This is a free tour and is a bonus to anyone who purchases either World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War, or The Governors Island Explorer’s Guide, from the author.
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)
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I purchase the books?
World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War and The Governors Island Explorer’s Guide can be purchased from the author in-person at the tour or in advance from him.
What is the nearest subway?
The J or Z Train to Norwood Avenue Station. Walk north on Norwood Avenue three blocks to the cemetery.
Is there parking?
Yes there is free parking at the cemetery.
What should I bring?
* Water bottle;
* Comfortable shoes (no sandals), we go over uneven surfaces;
* Dress for the weather, we are going to be outdoors 100% of the tour;
* Camera and phone charger;
* Sunscreen recommended.
Does the tour start and end at the same place?
The tour does not start and end at the same place. Your tour guide will be more than happy to give directions for your next destination.
What about inclement weather?
Tours will run rain or shine. We ask that you check the weather forecast and dress accordingly if inclement weather is predicted. If a serious storm is predicted that may impact the tour, you will be notified by e-mail, under these circumstances.
Are there bathrooms along the way?
Yes. Restrooms are available on the tour.
How long is the tour?
Approximately two hours.
Can I bring my dog?
No dogs are allowed, except service dogs with proper papers.
Is the tour appropriate for kids?
Yes it is great for families.
Can I book a private tour?
Yes, reach out here to book a charter tour for 2 to 50 people.