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Nights at the Museum

Stephens porch-260pxGuided by Lantern to the Courthouse

Mystery, Murder and Mischief

Overnight Adventures for Grades 3-6

It's a spooky night at the museum when kids relive the murder trial of the "Witch of Staten Island." It all happens in the very courtroom she was tried in during the 19th century.
 
The drama starts at 7:00 p.m. when the kids make their own candles to illuminate the approaching darkness. They trek through the dusk to the Guyon-Lake-Tysen House where they gather around the fiery hearth to pop their own corn and churn butter. Next, they climb the Courthouse steps to uncover the "back story" of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history.

Upstairs, in the same courtroom where Polly Bodine was tried for murder in 1843 they cuddle in their sleeping bags, munch popcorn and participate in the dramatic re-telling of Polly's mysterious and bizarre trial. The story ends when they render their own verdict and discover what the real jury decided more than 150 years ago.

As darkness wraps the Courthouse, the lights are turned low and the children fall sleep in the shadow of the witness stand where the "Witch of Staten Island" testified.

After a long night of rest in peace, they shake the sleep from their bones and head down to the Guyon-Lake-Tysen House to griddle their own Indian Flappers (corn meal pancakes), join a scavenger hunt and other activities. Finally, they are initiated into the "Society of the Secret Treasures" and are sworn as "Keepers of Treasure" to cherish and pass on secrets to new members.

By 11:30 a.m. they are ready to return to the present day.
 
Great for birthday parties!  Build your own package.  Add bonuses for the kids: extra handmade crafts, tickets to events, memberships, passports, books and other gifts from our gift shop.
candles at the GLTGuyon-Lake-Tysen House Kitchen

 

Groups of up to 15 Children, $900

$60 Per additional Child
$50 for each Adult Chaperone


Call (718) 351-1611, ext 280

Upcoming Events

  • Lunch at Bennett Café
    Wed - Dec 13, 2017 12:00PM
    Enjoy a delightful afternoon at our quaint café. Delicious!
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    Thu - Dec 14, 2017 12:00PM
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    Fri - Dec 15, 2017 12:00PM
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    Sat - Dec 16, 2017 12:00PM
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  • 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.
  • Lunch at Bennett Café
    Sun - Dec 17, 2017 12:00PM
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    Wed - Dec 20, 2017 12:00PM
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    Thu - Dec 21, 2017 12:00PM
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    Fri - Dec 22, 2017 12:00PM
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    Sat - Dec 23, 2017 12:00PM
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    Wed - Dec 27, 2017 12:00PM
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Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue

Staten Island, NY   10306


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Bob Champi receives SINFPA community service award

Champi AwardRobert A. Champi has received a community service award from the Staten Island Not For Profit Association for tireless commitment himself to the homes, structures and mission of Historic Richmond Town.

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. 

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