Fodor's Expert Review Historic Richmond Town

Staten Island Museum Village

Think of a small-scale version of Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg, and you'll understand the appeal of Historic Richmond Town, NYC's only living-history museum. This 100-acre village, constructed from the 1670s to the early 20th century, was the site of Staten Island's original county seat. Fifteen of the site's 30 historic buildings (28 landmarked) are open to the public. Highlights include the Gothic Revival Courthouse, the one-room General Store, and the Voorlezer's House, the oldest schoolhouse in America (it served as a residence and place of worship, in addition to 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. There are guided tours Wednesday through Friday at 1:30 and weekends at 1:30 and 3.

You may see staff in period dress demonstrate Early American crafts and trades such as tinsmithing... READ MORE

Think of a small-scale version of Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg, and you'll understand the appeal of Historic Richmond Town, NYC's only living-history museum. This 100-acre village, constructed from the 1670s to the early 20th century, was the site of Staten Island's original county seat. Fifteen of the site's 30 historic buildings (28 landmarked) are open to the public. Highlights include the Gothic Revival Courthouse, the one-room General Store, and the Voorlezer's House, the oldest schoolhouse in America (it served as a residence and place of worship, in addition to 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. There are guided tours Wednesday through Friday at 1:30 and weekends at 1:30 and 3.

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. Check the website for special events and educational programs held throughout the year.

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Quick Facts

441 Clarke Ave.
Staten Island, New York  10306, USA

718-351–1611

www.historicrichmondtown.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $8 (free Fri.); free parking, Closed Mon., Tues.

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