Meander Through History With Walking Tours of Wallabout and Fort Greene Park

Photo via Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

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Get a dose of Vitamin D and a bit of local history knowledge with a series of free walking tours of Wallabout and Fort Greene Park.

Organized by the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, the series runs from July through October, with two tours a month. The Fort Greene Park tour is offered on the second Saturday of each month and the Wallabout tour on the third Saturday.

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Walt Whitman home at 99 Ryerson Street. Photo by Susan De Vries

You can explore the changing history of Wallabout with a look at the architecture while listening to the tales of the people who made their mark on the neighborhood. Famous people and places like Walt Whitman and the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument will be highlighted, and you can also learn about lesser known stories like the area’s Tootsie Roll factory.

If you can’t get enough of Whitman, you can learn more about his advocacy work for Fort Greene Park with a stroll through the green space. The tour will also include sharing of Whitman works by the Walt Whitman Project and the American Opera Projects.

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Photo via Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

The tours start promptly at 11 a.m. at the Fort Greene Park Visitors Center on the designated Saturdays and last approximately 90 minutes. The tours are free, but reservations are required. For more information on the Wallabout tours, click here. For the next Fort Greene Park tour, click here.

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