Tourists come to the Trinity Church cemetery and mausoleum in Washington Heights to learn about upper Manhattan’ s past. The 168-year-old burial ground provides the final resting place for many celebrated New Yorkers: John James Audubon, Clement Clarke Moore, Ralph Waldo Ellison, and Jerry Orbach, to name a few.
Community Board 12 Historian James Renner serves as a knowledgeable guide, leading the way past hundreds of tombs that stretch over two city blocks.
Renner led a group of sightseers through the maze of graves on Sunday and allowed The Uptowner to tag along.
Another cemetery and mausoleum tour is scheduled for late December. Renner’s collection of upper Manhattan research can be found here.