Located at the center of Staten Island, Historic Richmond Town is a collection of 28 landmarked original settlements of European immigrants who moved there pre, during, and after the American Revolution War. Located on 441 Clarke Avenue, you can visit the outdoor museum of Historic Richmond Town and learn about the histories of the original settlements, or just simply partake in the seasonal activities it offers
Richmond Town was originally known for being the center of business and government on Staten Island in the 1700s. The island was booming with business, bustling with blacksmiths and packed with politics. However as Staten Island became more widely known, and a New York City borough in 1898, the town was already nearing gradual decline.
As aforementioned, Historic Richmond Town is essentially an outdoor museum where one may see the history of the pre-American times. Dating all the way back to the 1600's, it is home to 100 acres with 15 refurbished buildings and two historic churches, St. Andrew's Episcopal and The Roman Catholic Church of St. Patrick. Exhibits range from the oldest standing elementary school, dating back to 1696 the Voorlezer House, to colonial farms, or even the tavern. Depending on the time of the year, Historic Richmond Town holds a myriad of events as well. For instance, historical reenactments of daily life, tours, dinners, tavern concerts and even the county fair can be found there. Depending on the season there are even more events such as the upcoming fathers days event in June and the Independence Day celebration in July. The motive for establishing Historic Richmond Town was thought of by local historians and preservationists who wanted to create something similar to Colonial Williamsburg. As a result, Historic Richmond Town was established in 1958. Since then, visitors could immerse themselves into the pre-technological era, any time of the year.
With just a 10 minute drive, our Tom Crimmins Realty office at 282 Nelson Avenue is conveniently located right by Historic Richmond Town. If you are ever in the area, you can stop by after a lovely day spent at their museums or just call in at 718-370-3200.