Secrets of Fort Tryon Park and Hudson Heights
Explore the sights and secrets of Fort Tryon Park and Hudson Heights in Upper Manhattan!
- Visit the highest natural point on Manhattan Island and the former site of Fort Washington
- See images of the “castles” that were built here and what remains of them now
- Learn about the Cloister that was build before the Met Cloisters of today
- Hear stories about “Captain Molly,” a woman who fought for America’s freedom
- Appreciate the beauty and views of an Olmsted designed park
About this Webinar:
On this tour of Hudson Heights and Fort Tyron Park, we’ll visit Revolutionary War sites, discuss the development of the surrounding area and then visit Fort Tryon Park. The area now comprising the park once consisted of five “country” estates. One estate was owned by a prominent figure of the Gilded Age, C. K .G. Billings, who attained notoriety for his excesses. We’ll contrast the self-indulgent Billings with John D. Rockefeller Jr., the man who purchased the land and paid to develop it and the Cloisters Museum into a jewel for the public. We’ll see the remnants of the Billings estate, enjoy magnificent views of the Hudson, stroll through the Heather Garden and end at the Cloisters museum.
About Your Guide:
Alan Cohen is an expert Untapped New York Tour guide and a docent at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights.
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