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BRAND-NEW TOUR: The Civil War from Trinity Church to City Hall!

This brand-new tour was supposed to debut last October, but had to be postponed. Now, we're premiering it this May!

Let’s explore how the Civil War impacted lower Manhattan on this fact-filled walk. Hear tales of the Draft Rioters that attacked Newspaper Row and threatened the financial institutions of Wall Street; the Copperheads that continued to aid the Confederate cause, whether overtly or covertly; the last-ditch effort of a determined band of Confederate arsonists to create a panic in New York City; and the grieving multitudes that turned out as the coffin of the martyred Abraham Lincoln lay in state at City Hall itself.  Add even more stories about opinionated diarist George Templeton Strong, shrewd impresario PT Barnum, silver-tongued politician Fernando Wood, and even the infamous Boss Tweed on our journey back to the Civil War era downtown.

Where to meet: inside the gates of Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street. Take the 4,5 train to "Wall Street". There is seating on either side of Trinity Church's entrance inside the gates. Go to the (uptown) side that has the whitish tent in it.

When to meet: 12:45 for a 1pm start. I will be holding a sign that reads, "Civil War Downtown".

Train: Take the 4,5 to "Wall Street" and you're right in front of Trinity Church.

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

The tour will be approximately 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.  For sunny days, be sure to bring a hat and a bottle of water. 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 Trinity Church itself. Enter the church and walk all the way to the back. Please be sure to "take care of things" before the start of the tour!

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  • Gerry R.

    Thanks for a great new tour Linda. Very well done; fun and informative.

    May 4, 2014

  • Linda

    No rain after all as we followed the course of the Civil War along downtown Broadway, Wall St, City Hall, etc. Very lively mix of new and returning members made for great conversations on the way. "Veterans" included Francoise, Donna, Elyse, Toni, Laura, Gerry, and Tony, while our new "recruits" were Rachel, Irene, Maggie, Marina, Kristen, and Joanne, plus a crossover from my Gotham group, Grace. Couldn't ask for a better premiere of this new tour!

    May 4, 2014

  • elyse

    very interesting and informative

    May 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent. Interesting facts. Knowledgeable group.

    May 3, 2014

  • Irene

    Great walking tour of lower manhattan. Linda was a font of information & amusing stories! I will definitely sign up for more of her tours.

    May 3, 2014

  • Donna T.

    You outperformed yourself, Linda. This was a perfect segue to the first civil war tour that kept us in the Union Square/Cooper Union neighborhood. Brilliant use of the cast of politicians/journalists and "Mariah" who contributed to Lincoln's New York City visits in life and post mortem. Brava.

    May 3, 2014

  • Maggie

    Thank you Linda, really enjoyed it, I'll be back!!

    1 · May 3, 2014

  • Grace P

    I not only learned so much, I also met some wonderful people. I wiil be back for more tours with this group!

    May 3, 2014

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