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!