Historic Richmond Town
Historic Richmond Town is a large, 100 acre living history museum located in roughly the center of Staten Island. It serves as a showcase for American history, from the Colonial period to the present. It strives to show visitors what life was like for ordinary Americans and how they helped build the country. The museum is located on the former government county government grounds and the main museum is the former courthouse and office building. There are 30 historical buildings on the museum grounds dating from the 17th to early 20th centuries. These include the oldest house and oldest school still standing in the country. The museum also features the oldest and continuously used farm in the country. The museum holds 130,000 artifacts, photographs and archive collections.
Backstory and Context
The museum was first founded in 1858 as the Staten Island Historical Society. It evolved into the Historic Richmond Town in 1958.