4. Samuel Morse: Green-Wood Cemetery

Samuel Morse's tomb
Samuel Morse’s tombstone stands amongst lush greenery in Green-Wood Cemetery.

Known for the invention of the Morse code and his contribution to the single-wire telegraph, Samuel Morse died in New York City on April 2, 1872. Morse was interred at the Green-Wood Cemetery, which was originally founded as a rural cemetery in Kings County in 1838. The three-sided tomb honors Morse and his two brothers.

Built before the likes of Central Park and Prospect Park, the 478 acres of Green-Wood Cemetery were a popular space for those wanting to enjoy the lush greenery away from the bustling city. The cemetery has a naturalistic, park-like landscape, which was inspired by Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Green-Wood 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.