7. Samuel Morse: Green-Wood Cemetery
Known for the invention of the Morse code, and his contribution to the single-wire telegraph, Samuel Morse was died in New York City on April 2, 1872. Morse was interred at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 initially as a rural cemetery in Kings County.
Built before the likes of Central Park and Prospect Park, the 478 acres of Green-Wood Cemetery was a popular outing for those wanting to enjoy the lush greenery, away from the concrete buildings of the city. The cemetery has a naturalistic, park-like landscape, which was inspired by Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and Mount Auburn cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The cemetery even includes Battle Hill, the highest point in Brooklyn and the site of crucial fighting during the Battle of Brooklyn in the Revolutionary War. Green-Wood has numerous tributes to the war, such as the Revolutionary War monument, Altar to Liberty: Minvera which gazes towards the Statue of Liberty across New York Harbor.
The cemetery is open from 7:45 a.m to 5:00 p.m everyday of the week.