Seneca Village Tour

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 Black property owners in pre–Civil War New York. On this tour, visitors will explore the physical landscape of Seneca Village, still present in Central Park today. Conservancy guides offer insight into this unique community, a place of refuge from the crowded conditions and racial discrimination prevalent in NYC, and how the construction of the park resulted in the displacement of its residents through the process of eminent domain.

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

COVID-19 Health + 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, Conservancy programs do not require fully vaccinated individuals to social distance or wear masks; however according to New York State guidelines “Unvaccinated Individuals are still responsible for continuing to wear a mask, per federal CDC guidance.” Regardless of vaccination status, participants should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if they feel unwell.

Contact [email protected] 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.