Historic Richmond Town spans over 100 acres of diverse park land and consists of over 35 original historic structures dating back 4 centuries, including the oldest
still-standing schoolhouse in the country. But for a few exceptions these structures are all original - not reconstructed. They are the real thing. The handmade nails that were pounded into wood centuries ago are still in the walls.
Less than half the structures were rescued from destruction and moved to Historic Richmond Town's main site. The remaining were also saved from loss but were never moved. They remain on the spots they were built upon.
Yes. Original, real and unique.
Directions, hours and admission for the main site can be found here. If you wish to visit one of our other sites please call 718-351-1611 ext. 280. Please remember that special events are different than regular admission. Please check this site regularly for updates.
Yes. We have a curatorial and research staff that manages the Staten Island Historical Society Collection of over 100,000 artifacts, documents and photos that tell the American story from the days of settlers until today. We have collections within the complete Collection that are world-class, including the Alice Austen Photo Collection and the Children's Furniture Collection. Exhibits are found in our Historical Museum which include a free iPod audio tour of our Bringing Up Baby exhibit. In addition to these collections, we also publish the Historian, our journal, first printed in 1938, and produce numerous events, both traditional and modern.
The Alice Austen House is the former home of Alice Austen and is currently operated as an historic home open to visitors. Historic Richmond Town and the Alice Austen House are both members of the Historic HouseTrust. The images on display at the AAH are on loan from Historic Richmond Town. These photos, like many other historic items, were rescued from destruction by the pioneers of preservation at the Staten Island Historical Society, and are now stored at Historic Richmond Town. The SIHS retains the copyright to 97% of the more than 7,000 images. These delicate items are protected and are part of a continuous restoration and conservation effort. They are made available for research, exhibits and other works.
Today, there's not much difference. Technically, the SIHS operates Historic Richmond Town. But you can think of them as one in the same.
Our guides are trained staff members, many of whom started out as apprentices when they were 11 or 12 years old. This professional staff works with trained volunteers who assist in the interpretation of history and culture. We also have volunteers who help out in almost every department and area. The Women's Auxiliary is a special part of the institution that is run by hundreds of volunteers. Each year they run special events and have functions that raise money for Historic Richmond Town. They also operate our on-site restaurant the Bennett Cafe.
Sure, anyone can volunteer. You don't need a special talent. Volunteers are needed in all areas from ‘Tech to Tours.’ If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, call (718) 351-1611, ext. 240.
The institution runs hundreds of family events and programs each year. Check out our events page for a complete list. A few fan favs:
We do have a lot to manage. We receive support from the City of New York, the Borough of Staten Island, the Historic House Trust and the NY State Council on the Arts. We've also receive corporate support form Time Warner Cable, Con Edison, BNP Parabas and other local businesses. The Carnegie Foundation, Richmond County Savings Foundation, Staten Island Foundation and other organizations have funded numerous projects. We also receive wonderful support from our Women's Auxiliary which raises funds throughout the year. But the majority of our support comes from people like you who become members, contribute gifts or come to our events and programs. All those donations and visits to Historic Richmond Town add up to a high level of support. We thank you for that.
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Special EventsSaturday - June 1, 2013 12:00PM
Sunday - June 9, 2013 12:00PM
The Billiou-Stillwell-Perine-House Roof Fundaiser
Sunday - June 16, 2013 1:00PM
Father's Day Focus Tour
Thursday - July 4, 2013 11:00AM
Independence Day Celebration
Saturday - August 31, 2013 11:00AM
Richmond County Fair 2013 8/31
Sunday - September 1, 2013 11:00AM
Richmond County Fair 2013 9/1
Monday - September 2, 2013 11:00AM
Richmond County Fair 2013 9/2
Monday - September 23, 2013 10:00AM
Village Flea Market
Saturday - September 28, 2013 1:00PM
9th Annual Smithsonian Museum Day
Sunday - October 20, 2013 11:00AM
Old Home Day
Friday - October 25, 2013 3:30PM
Halloween in Richmond Town
Friday - November 29, 2013 1:00PM
Thanksgiving Kitchen Tour
Saturday - December 14, 2013 5:00PM
Saturday - December 21, 2013 5:00PM