The Woodlawn Cemetery will unveil its National Historic Landmark designation plaque on October 16 at 1:00pm. To celebrate this important milestone in the 147-year-old Cemetery’s history, Woodlawn is hosting a free open-house, featuring fall-foliage tours and the rare opportunity to go inside the mausoleums of some of the Cemetery’s most famous people. Tours begin at 2:00pm and there will be a special scavenger hunt for children ages 7-12. The Bardekova Ensemble—a woodwind quintet based in the Bronx will perform at 3:00. Among their repertory are works by some of Woodlawn’s famous musicians, including Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. All events are free of charge. Registration at nhl.thewoodlawncemetery.org or 718-920-1463 x500 is appreciated.
National Historic Landmark status is the highest recognition accorded to the nation’s most historically significant properties. Woodlawn is bring recognized for its outstanding landscape design and collection of art and architecture. The designation also recognizes Woodlawn’s significant role in memorializing and celebrating prominent Americans, who shaped American history and culture, including author Herman Melville, mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, composer Duke Ellington, musician Miles Davis, financier Jay Gould, entrepreneur Madame C.J. Walker, composer Irving Berlin, publisher Joseph Pulitzer, salsa singer Celia Cruz, artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and political cartoonist Thomas Nast, among many others.