Trinity Churchyard-New York, New York
Trinity Churchyard
New York, New York

The burial grounds have been the final resting place for many historic figures since the Churchyard cemetery opened in 1697. A non-denominational cemetery, it is listed in the United States National Register of Historic Places and is the only remaining active cemetery in Manhattan. There are two bronze plaques at the Church of the Intercession cemetery commemorating the Battle of Fort Washington, which included some of the fiercest fighting of the Revolutionary War.

Timeline for important events at Trinity

1696-A small group of Anglicans living in Manhattan petitions Governor Benjamin Fletcher for approval to purchase land for a new church. Approval is granted and the petitioners purchase land for the new church from the Lutheran Congregation in Manhattan.

1697-Trinity receives its charter from King William III of England.

1705-• Queen Anne of England grants Trinity Church a large parcel of land on the west side of Manhattan, stretching from present-day Fulton Street to Christopher Street. The land, once known as the as the Queen's Farm, becomes the Church Farm.

1774-The leadership of Trinity Church sides with the British during the Revolutionary War.

1776-September 21, 1776, Lower Manhattan catches fire as the British retake New York City from the Continental Army. Trinity Church and the Charity School are destroyed but St. Paul's Chapel and King's College are saved by bucket brigades.

1789- Following his inauguration at Federal Hall, George Washington attends thanksgiving service, presided over by Bishop Provoost, at St. Paul's Chapel, a chapel of the Parish of Trinity Church. He continues to attend services there until the second Trinity Church was finished in 1790. St. Paul's Chapel is the oldest public building in continuous use in New York City.

2001-On September 11, 2001, employees and parishioners of Trinity and St. Paul's fled the downtown area after the attacks on the World Trade Center. Trinity relocated its offices while the area was cleaned and decontaminated. As early as September 16, Trinity reinstated services in a temporary location at the Roman Catholic shrine to Elizabeth Ann Seton in Lower Manhattan.
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