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Historic Richmond Town

  • 441 Clarke Ave. Map It
  • Museum Village
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 02/20/2014

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Think of Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg (the polar opposite of Brooklyn's scene-y Williamsburg), and you'll understand the appeal of Richmond Town. This 100-acre village, constructed from 1695 to the 19th century, was the site of Staten Island's original county seat. Fifteen of the site's 27 historic buildings are open to the public. Highlights include the Gothic Revival Courthouse, the one-room General Store, and the Voorlezer's House, one of the

oldest buildings on the site. It served as a residence, a place of worship, and an elementary school. Also on-site is the Staten Island Historical Society Museum, built in 1848 as the second county clerk's and surrogate's office, which now houses Staten Island artifacts plus changing exhibits about the island. Audio tours are free with admission.

You may see staff in period dress demonstrate Early American crafts and trades such as tinsmithing or basket making, though the general era meant to be re-created is 1820–1860. December brings a monthlong Christmas celebration. Take the S74–Richmond Road bus (30 minutes) or a car service (about $15) from the ferry terminal.

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Sight Information

Address:

441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island, New York, 10306, United States

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Phone:

718-351–1611

Sight Details:

  • $8 (Free on Fri.)
  • Year–round Wed.–Sun. 1–5; guided tours Wed.–Fri. 2:30, weekends 2 and 3:30

Updated 02/20/2014

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