Historic Richmond Town - The heart of old Dutch Staten Island

Historic Richmond Town - Staten Island - NYC - NY Travel Blog

 › entry 1012 of 1090 › view all entries

Staten Island is probably the part of New York that receives the least tourists and visitors. Of course, every self respecting tourist can say that he/she visited the borough, but they usually only visit the Staten Island Saint George Ferry Terminal to immediately sail back to Manhattan.

This is a pity! There are actually several nice sites on the island. Like Snug Harbor, Fort Wadsworth, and the Alice Austen House. Today I visited another really interesting one: the Old Richmond Town, also known as Historic Richmond.

Inside the old shop

Historic Richmond is a true historic gem, right in the middle of the agglomeration of Staten Island. The historic streets just flow naturally over into the current life streets.

The history of Richmond dates back from the late 17th to the early 20th centuries. The town was founded and inhabited by the early Dutch settlers. The Dutch stuck around, even when the English took over the region. At that time the kids were schooled in two languages: English and Dutch. This happened in the year-1695 Voorlezer's House. The oldest structure in the town as well as the oldest elementary school in the United States. The site comprises more old structures, like farms, two churches, a tavern, a really cool old shop, and a court house. The latter served until 1919 when the court moved to bigger Saint George. This also meant the end for Richmond. More administrative functions moved to Saint George, leaving poor Richmond behind.

It was fortunately preserved in 1958.

The old Court House
Some structures from Staten Island that were in jeopardy by the sledge hammer were saved too and brought to the site. And now every tourist who dares to move further than the Ferry terminal can visit this beautiful site.

Fans of the TV series Boardwalk Empire my have a déja vu experience while visiting Richmond Town. That makes sense since the series' third season was shot here being the Gyp Rosetti ruled New Jersey town of Tabor Heights.

More pictures below. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto 

Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Inside the old shop
Inside the old shop
The old Court House
The old Court House
Inside the old tavern
Inside the old tavern
Inside one of the old farms
Inside one of the old farms
Inside the old shop
Inside the old shop
Inside the old shop
Inside the old shop
Inside the old shop, which also se…
Inside the old shop, which also s…
Some historic houses at Center Str…
Some historic houses at Center St…
The museum was once the Richmond C…
The museum was once the Richmond …
The old diner, also prominently us…
The old diner, also prominently u…
The inside of the old diner
The inside of the old diner
The cemetery of the Church of St. …
The cemetery of the Church of St.…
The Church of St. Andrew
The Church of St. Andrew
The curt house over time from the …
The curt house over time from the…
Historic Richmond Town - Staten Island - NYC - NY
photo by: mdalamers