Free Historic Walking Tours Visit Walt Whitman’s Old Stomping Grounds This Summer and Fall

Photo via the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership


Wallabout and Fort Greene Park, two of Brooklyn’s oldest and most storied enclaves, have seen revolutionary war battles, famous poets, and industrial expansion.

This history will be explored in two tours happening on the third Saturday of every month, June through October.

The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership — a nonprofit group which helps oversee economic development along Myrtle Avenue — and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy are hosting the Fort Greene Park Walking Tour and the Wallabout Historic Walking Tour.

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A Fort Greene Park monument. Photo by Mary Hautman

The Wallabout tour will discuss bits from the nabe’s 400 years of history, over the course of which the area has developed from rural farmland to an urban industrial center. The Fort Greene Park tour will focus on former Wallabout resident and park advocate Walt Whitman as well as the park’s history. Brooklyn’s oldest park, it was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.

Both tours last roughly 90 minutes and begin at the Fort Green Park Visitor Center on 11 a.m. on their respective Saturdays.

To attend, RSVP by calling (718) 230-1689 ext. 6# or register online.

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