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Ostering Princes BayOystering at Prince's Bay (detail), 1853

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 Arietta StreetArietta Street, 1863

Made on Staten Island: Agriculture, Industry and Suburban Living in the City 1800-1984 traces Staten Island's evolution from its agricultural and maritime past, through the development of various industries, to modern suburbanization.

 Made on Staten Island presents a wide variety of objects crafted and produced on the island from the 18th to the 20th centuries, along with tools and other artifacts.

Between 1819, when the first major industrial plant was established in what became known as Factoryville, and 1929, when the Great Depression struck the metropolitan area, Staten Island hosted an impressive series of industrial and manufacturing enterprises. Staten Island linoleum, soap, bricks, paper, lager beer, and printed cloth are products that received national, even world-wide distribution. Locally used products included carriages, baked goods, furniture, and baskets.

"Made on Staten Island" presents a wide variety of objects crafted and produced on the island from the 18th to the 20th centuries, along with tools and other artifacts that highlight the industrial and social development of Staten Island from its agricultural roots, through the industrial period, to the suburban building boom after World War II.


 Highlights of the exhibit include:

  • a shellfishing boat known as a "Staten Island skiff," ca. 1890, representing the oyster industry, which played a significant role in New York City's economy and social life;
  • an original carved horse from the Midland Beach Carousel, evoking Staten Island's beer gardens and beach resorts;
  • a Weissglass milk delivery wagon, ca. 1910, recalling the importance of dairy farming and processing to the early-20th-century economy.

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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