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Historic Richmond Town is also known as the Staten Island Historical Society.  Our formal mission statement is listed below.  We paraphrase it this way: We preserve and present centuries of American life by celebrating the ordinary people, from every background, who have worked together to build an extraordinary country.  We are not bound to a narrow time period.  We are not limited to a famous event.  We are not tied to a historical celebrity. Our region's history is a platform to share about American growth through the centuries.

Our mission gives us the freedom to explore decades of our rich and diverse American life.

We go back to the Lenape people, through the settlement of America, into the colonial period, through the American Revolution, on to the Civil War, into the Industrial Revolution, through the 20th century and up until today. We share rural and farm life, town living and the city-suburban relationship.  New York City is our backyard, Richmondtown our front porch.  Our mission gives us the freedom to explore decades of our rich and diverse American life.  It's the stuff that everyone can relate to - no matter their age or background.

Our Mission


The purpose of the Staten Island Historical Society is to create opportunities for the public to explore the diversity of the American experience, especially that of Staten Island and its neighboring communities from the colonial period to the present. To accomplish this the Society:

  • Operates and interprets Historic Richmond Town, the largest and most
    complete historic village in the City of New York
  • Collects and preserves the materials of everyday life including the artifacts,
    archives and buildings that tell the story.
  • Conducts and promotes research based on the museum's collections
  • Shares the collection and knowledge with the public through creative and engaging interpretative activities  

 

 

Upcoming Events

  • Dinner at Bennett Café
    Fri - Nov 17, 2017 6:00PM
    Enjoy a delightful evening at our quaint café. Delicious!
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Sat - Nov 25, 2017 10:00AM
    Children, enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa!
  • Thanksgiving Kitchen Tour
    Sat - Nov 25, 2017 1:00PM
    Tour the kitchens on the site and discover recipes and the sources of Thanksgiving meals we enjoy today.
  • Thanksgiving Kitchen Tour
    Sun - Nov 26, 2017 1:00PM
    Tour the kitchens on the site and discover recipes and the sources of Thanksgiving meals we enjoy today.
  • Bennett Cafe Breakfast
    Sun - Dec 3, 2017 10:00AM
    Homestyle breakfast at Bennett Cafe!
  • Christmas in Richmond Town & Traditional Tree Lighting
    Sun - Dec 3, 2017 11:00AM
    Experience nostalgia all through the Historic Village.
  • Candlelight Tours
    Sat - Dec 9, 2017 5:00PM
    Visitors of all ages take a journey through three-hundred years of tradition as they discover how America's most festive season came to be.
  • Dinner at Bennett Café
    Sat - Dec 9, 2017 6:00PM
    Enjoy a delightful evening at our quaint café. Delicious!
  • Candlelight Tours
    Sat - Dec 16, 2017 5:00PM
    Visitors of all ages take a journey through three-hundred years of tradition as they discover how America's most festive season came to be.
  • Victorian Valentine Workshop
    Sat - Feb 3, 2018 1:00PM
    Make your own!
  • Easter Egg Hunt
    Sat - Mar 31, 2018 10:00AM
    Bring an egg carton to decorate in high Victorian style!
  • NYC BBQ Cookoff 2018
    Sat - Apr 7, 2018 12:00PM
    NYC's only KCBS sanctioned cookoff for the whole family. Sample, stroll, quench and enjoy fun stuff with the kids.

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Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue

Staten Island, NY   10306


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Skip the leftovers and enjoy open-hearth fire-cooked Thanksgiving samplings

Thanksgiving TableThe meal that many American families enjoy on Thanksgiving has deep roots in the earliest American food traditions. Historic Richmond Town’s three historic kitchens will be crackling with hardwood fires and open-hearth cooking on Saturday November 25 and Sunday November 26. Historic Interpreters will serve food samples that feature original old-world recipes that include food items that the colonists learned about from Native American culture, and then infused with the spices used in Europe. 

Rosemarie Mangano Cavanagh joins Historic Richmond Town Board

Rosemarie Mangano Cavanagh 300x411July 1, 2017 - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named Rosemarie Mangano Cavanagh as the Mayor’s representative on the Board of Directors of the Staten Island Historical Society at Historic Richmond Town.

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