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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  • July 14, 2017
    This is one of those places you take a look at and wonder why hasn't it met its full potential - It has all the elements of being a major area for an historic place - Old buildings, a location that go...  more »
  • July 13, 2017
    If you are the mode to walk then it is a nice place to take a walk under the shades of the trees. U can sit down relax there Is nice Places kids could play and enjoy on a nice breezy day  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    It's a very special place. I think it's a must see for every resident as it dips into the local history a bit which was amazing for us. As for tourists, if you into local history or American history i...  more »
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  • December 3, 2016
    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.
  • June 4, 2017
    We had such a great time thank you ,looking forward to do this again next year .
  • June 3, 2017
    Uncorked was excellent! Getting there early made a Big difference....
  • January 31, 2017
    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.
  • February 6, 2017
    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!

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