Inspiring Generations

Welcome to Historic Richmond Town, a remarkable living-history village and museum complex that evokes 300 years of history and culture. There is no other place like it anywhere else in the New York City.

The buildings exemplify a variety of architectural styles and create a physical journey through history. The people and activities hearken to a treasured time.

In a city known for its skyscrapers, HRT preserves an historically scaled past for future generations, and creates a destination for exploring the American experience.

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The Artisans of Historic Richmond Town

Cheyney McKnight is a living historian and material culture researcher who has focused her studies on the African-American experience in the 18th and 19th centuries, with an emphasis on the daily lives of African-American women. Cheyney was trained by the National Association of Interpretation,...
Tinsmith Artisan Annie Wickersty has been involved with Historic Richmond Town since she started as a tinsmith shop apprentice in the mid-90's. Her favorite thing about tinsmithing is the opportunity to learn about everyday life in the past through studying and making common household objects of...
Carpentry Artisan Norm Pederson has one rule in his carpentry shop: everything must be hand-crafted with tools that existed before 1860. The 1836 building is furnished as a rural shop at it would have appeared sometime before 1860. Norm crafts the typical items produced in shops like this,...