The gilded age was one of the most extravagant periods in American history. Join us for access to the historic Player's Club (an actors and artists society club), which is not open to the public. Visit mansions built in the late 19th Century (including the birthplace of Teddy Roosevelt). This walking tour is perfect for history lovers and anyone who wants a bit of the exclusive side of New York.
Your tour begins in Union Square, which has traditionally acted as the division between the north and south part of Manhattan. See the infamous Tammany Hall building and learn about political corruption in New York in the late 19th Century. Learn how New York became the center of America's garment industry and exactly where "The Ladies Mile" is.'
As you work your way up 5th Avenue you step back in time at the Teddy Roosevelt birthplace where you can view rare artifacts relating to our 26th President. Stroll around Gramercy Park and see mansions built in the 1800's which include current and former homes of the rich and famous. Former and current residents include Julia Roberts, Thomas Edison, James Harper, Samuel J. Tilden, The Steinway Family, James Cagney, John Barrymore, Gregory Peck, Stanford White, John Steinbeck, and more.
End your tour by visiting the Player's Club, which is not open to the general public. Founded by Edwin Booth (famous actor and brother to Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth) in 1888 as a society club for actors and artists, it is an amazing example of Gilded Age opulence and architecture. Notable past and present members are in no shortage with this iconic place. Artifacts on display include original artwork by Thomas Nast and Norman Rockwell, Mark Twain's pool cue, and Edwin Booth's bedroom, which hasn't been changed since he died in 1893.