West 17 Street and Broadway, New York, NY
PLEASE NOTE: This tour has been cancelled due to thunderstorm warnings. This Civil War tour will premiere instead on Saturday June 1, same time and place.
Come with us on this tour devoted exclusively to events and personages of the Civil War era in this important area of the city. Hear tales of the exiled Irish patriots that formed the famous “Fighting 69th”; the luxurious salon of photography pioneer Mathew Brady; the out-of-control spending of Mary Todd Lincoln in the metropolis’s biggest store; the ugly Draft Riots and their threat to this neighborhood; the wartime division within the thespian Booth family with tragic consequences for the entire nation; the “Fairy Wedding” that brought a sorely-needed bit of levity to town, courtesy of none other than PT Barnum; and the fateful night that Abraham Lincoln made his bid for the Presidency at the Great Hall of a relatively new venue called The Cooper Union. All this and more, as we discover New York City’s Civil War past.
Where to meet: Meet outside Pret a Manger, Broadway and West 17 Street.
When to meet: 12:45 for a 1pm start. I will be holding a sign that reads, "Civil War Union Square".
Train: Take the 4,5,6,L, N,R to "Union Square/14 Street" and you're right there; all other trains to their respective "14 Street" stations will leave you some avenue blocks away.
Fee: $15 cash, exact change appreciated!
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 Pret a Manger, on the second floor. Make a small purchase and use the facilities as a customer. Please be sure to "take care of things" before the start of the tour!
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.