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Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island

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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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  • Lovely old buildings used as a backdrop for our photos. To have a photographer take your pictures will cost $50.00 For a permit to allow you to use the location. All the fee goes back into the site fo...  more »
  • Richmondtown has been under construction now for 50+ years, with no end in sight, no goal in sight, no purpose in sight.  more »
  • For a Swede this is an american Skansen. Old bulidings, people dressed as in that time. We really appreaciated the guides knowledge.  more »
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  • 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!