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Green-Wood Cemetery and the Brooklyn Theatre Fire of 1876

By Nicholas McNallen

Halloween may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't still hang out at museums for fun.  Green-Wood Cemetery, in partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society, will be offering a free talk and trolley tour about the transformative Brooklyn Theatre Fire of 1876. On Saturday 22, a couple weeks before the fire's 138th anniversary (December 5), historian Joshua Britton will be explaining the blaze and its legacy in Brooklyn

Green-Wood houses a mass grave for 103 victims of the fire, marked by a granite obelisk. The conflagration is the country's third most fatal fire in a theatre or other public assembly building. This is the fourth and final event of the Brooklyn's On Fire! series put on by Green-Wood and the Brooklyn Historical Society, devoted to exploring the history of Brooklyn's fires and firefighters.  The talk begins at 1pm in the cemetery's Historic Chapel, located at 25th Street and 5th Avenue. You can tour the cemetery for $20, learn some Brooklyn history, and pay respects to the many fascinating New Yorkers laid to rest there.


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