SEASON OPENER: Brooklyn Heights NORTH starring Henry Ward Beecher!

Our 2014 touring season kicks off with our traditional first walk in Beautiful Brooklyn Heights NORTH!

Brooklyn Heights was the first-ever NYC neighborhood designated a Historic District, and a large part of that history is rooted in 19th-century abolitionism and events leading up to the Civil War. Yet there's even more than that. Hear about Brooklyn Heights' role in the Underground Railroad and about the larger-than-life minister Henry Ward Beecher, as well as why Abraham Lincoln turned down an exclusive luncheon invitation from one of the richest Republicans; who the tot once held by Marquis de Lafayette grew up to be; what happened to two lovers on the Titanic; where Washington Roebling spied out on the building of his Brooklyn Bridge; and how feminist and one-time Presidential candidate Victoria Woodhull exposed a red-hot sex scandal, all in the confines of this seemingly demure sets of streets.

Where to meet: Meet in front of the Hotel Saint George, on the corner of Clark Street and Henry Street.

When to meet: 12:45pm for a 1pm start. I will be holding a sign that reads, "Brooklyn Heights NORTH".

Train: Take the 2,3 to "Clark Street" and you're right inside the Hotel Saint George's subway station. Come outside and find us on the corner.

Fee: $20, $15 for seniors 65 + with proof of age. Cash only, exact change appreciated! Please bring bills, not coins.

The tour will be approximately 2/2.5 hours long. While Friendly Native tours walk rain or shine 99.9% of the time, on rare occasions they will be postponed in cases of what can be deemed dangerous weather, and an email sent out to that effect to all who have registered for the event.  Check the weather reports on the day of the tour; if there is a chance of rain, please bring your own umbrella.

The nearest restrooms to this location are inside the restaurant across the street from our meeting place. Make a small purchase (like a danish) and use the facilities as a customer. Please be sure to "take care of things" before the start of the tour!

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  • Daniel H.

    It was a very enjoyable tour.

    April 27

  • Linda

    What gorgeous weather for our season opener yesterday afternoon! In addition to the always-outstanding architecture, we were treated to vivid displays of spring flowers in various yards and window boxes as we discussed the ups and downs of the great Henry Ward Beecher. Among our attendees, we had one returning walker in Daniel, a cross-over from my Gotham group Nina, and brand-new Friendly Walkers in Toni, Julie, Patty, Avia, Joanna, Carol and Jon. Great time!

    April 27

  • Carol S.

    Jon and I enjoyed the tour thoroughly. Linda brought all the historical information to life. We will definitely be going on more walking tours. Thanks, Linda, for the interesting afternoon.

    April 27

  • Toni

    It was informative. It was a great weather too.

    April 27

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