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Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island

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3.1/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
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.
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  • It is worth approaching this "village" of some colonial houses preserved as is 200 years ago. Residents attend business era dresses and one learns on his offices. And you can eat some goodies.
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  • A guide brings you around the historic sites from 1776. It is very educational and its the real deal from the historic age. 
  • I just don't know what the excitement over seeing a bunch of old buildings is. You walk around and there are these old buildings and that's it. The only nice thing are the ducks in the pond. 
  • A beautiful town full of history and culture. It's a great place to take in and relive the history of Staten Island! There's lots of great community events held here, too!
  • Love everything about Rosamond 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.
  • Wonderful Historic Site with multiple historic buildings to explore for a nominal admission feel. Guides are very knowledgeable about Historic Richmondtown. I recommend walking the trails in the nearby Greenbelt to get a sense of how the 18th and 19th century farming community used the local land. Search for Howe's (Hessian) Spring behind St. Andrew's Church. Search for Look Out Place at the top of Richmond Hill (the old Revolutionary War Fort)
  • Old timey perfect, and good parties and other events
  • I lived nearby as a kid and used to work there when they had fairs! Most of the buildings there were relocated from other parts of the island. The Cooper house for instance was about 2 miles away from where it is now. I used to play in and around it with my friends, it was located near a beaver pond and the graves of the Cooper family were in front of the house as that was the custom then!
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