Seneca Village Tour

Sunday, February 27, 2022

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.

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Before Central Park was built, the area from West 82nd to West 89th Street was home to Seneca Village, the largest community of African-American property owners in New York.

Discover Seneca Village, the largest community of free African-American property owners in pre–Civil War New York. On this tour, visitors will read the physical landscape of Seneca Village to understand the particular value it provided to Black New Yorkers seeking refuge from the crowded conditions and racial discrimination prevalent in early 19th Century NYC. Conservancy guides offer insight into this unique community and the events that resulted in the displacement of Seneca Village residents through the process of eminent domain for the construction of a new park.

Recommended for those interested in Black history, social history, NYC history, and/or archaeology.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Policies

Ensuring the health and safety of our guests, staff, and the public is our top priority. Central Park Conservancy programs follow recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State, and New York City.

At this time, the Conservancy asks that all visitors regardless of vaccination status wear masks for the entire duration of their tour. Additionally, all participants should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if they feel unwell.

Contact if you need to request a raincheck for a future program due to illness or exposure to COVID-19.

Read about tour policies related to COVID-19, inclement weather, and more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Learn about or book a private tour.

Thursday, February 17
Sunday, February 27
Sunday, March 13
Friday, April 1

Tour Length
90 minutes
0.78 miles
1.25 kilometers

Starting Location
Seneca Village Landscape

A few inclines, some stairs, and uneven trails

Accessibility Rating 


Seneca Village Site in Central Park
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Location Details:
West 85th Street and Central Park West


$25 (20% off Central Park Conservancy Members)

Event Organizer

Central Park Conservancy,

Contact Number

(212) 310-6600

Contact Email


History, Tours, Black History Month

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