Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island

3.3
#2 of 6 in Museums in Staten Island
Historic Richmond Town is a living history village and museum complex in the neighborhood of Richmondtown, Staten Island, in New York City. It is located near the geographical center of the island, at the junction of Richmond Road and Arthur Kill Road.It was formerly a county seat and commercial center, including the former courthouse of Richmond County, and is coterminous with the borough of Staten Island. People who lived in Richmond Town were mostly of Dutch, English, or French descent, and the most common jobs were those of blacksmiths, shoemakers, and other craftsman types. British troops were stationed in Richmond Town during the American Revolution.The village consists of more than 30 historic buildings and sites dating from the late 17th to the early 20th centuries. Decker Farm, located about one mile from the center of Historic Richmond Town, features a farm stand and seasonal activities such as pumpkin picking. The site also contains other former commercial and government buildings, as well as farm buildings and homes, some of which were relocated from other parts of Staten Island.HistoryThe creation of Historic Richmond Town was the result of efforts by many Staten Islanders, led by local historians and preservationists: Loring McMillen, William T. Davis and local banker David L. Decker. Fueled by the same depression-era passion for historic preservation which resulted in the creation of Colonial Williamsburg, these men wanted to create a testament to Staten Island's rich history in an era of rapid development and urban sprawl.
With our international travel planner, Staten Island attractions like Historic Richmond Town can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
Source
Create an itinerary including Historic Richmond Town
map
Historic Richmond Town Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
184 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • We came here on a whim on a sunny weekend, and were extremely lucky to get on a tour which just started. It was great to observe historical buildings, full of period artifacts, and hear a lecture on l...  more »
  • While the idea of a village filled with structures built during three centuries on Staten Island, some on their original sites, seems terrific: Historic Richmondtown needs some new brains in charge. I...  more »
  • If you've already seen everything! If you are on the road of the Verrazano bridge and surrounding areas you've already seen it all, then take a break between this historical resident. Pleasant and instructive, but if like me you're used to the Italian cities which are real history favors ... it may be that you run a healthy: "is that all?"
    View original
Google
  • Beautiful, well-preserved buildings, some dating from the Dutch colonial period. It is free to walk around and take pictures of the buildings, but guided tours are not, although it's pay-as-you-wish every Friday. The guided tours, which can be booked at the Visitors' Center, allow guests to go inside the buildings and learn about their historic and cultural significance. I like that they do not try to touch or renovate the buildings unnecessarily in order to preserve their authenticity. My guide, Ain, was friendly, knowledgeable, and very patient with questions. I did not feel overwhelmed with information. The place is a bit difficult to reach by public transportation from all the other New York City boroughs, including Manhattan, so those without a car might want to reconsider. From Manhattan, it takes at least an hour to reach the place by bus.
  • We had such a great time thank you ,looking forward to do this again next year .
  • Uncorked was excellent! Getting there early made a Big difference....
  • Love everything about Richmond town, from the fairs to the drive in movie nights. Learning about our past is always great. One of my favorite places on Staten Island.
  • As well as being a beautiful natural setting the town is the only truly historic village preserved in N.Y.C.Well worth the trip!

Plan your trip to Staten Island

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Staten Island

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Staten Island by other users

3 days in Staten Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Staten Island BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, teens, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Staten Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in United States BY A USER FROM CANADA October, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Staten Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Staten Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Staten Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Staten Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Staten Island BY A USER FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in New York City & Staten Island BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND December, culture, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Staten Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans