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Historic Richmondtown

Yesterday, myrddan and I went to Historic Richmondtown. lockemaison wanted to go with us, but it was kind of a spontaneous decision, and besides, he was working. Anyway, it is not 20 minutes from the ferry, it's closer to 45, being as it is in the center of the island. The street the bus is on even runs through it!

So first of all, let me state that the advertising (for those that have seen it) that involves people in period costume making items and having people make candles and things...well, that does happen, during the summer or with school groups, or on special event days (like October 17th). Otherwise, you get a staff member in plain modern clothes taking you on a tour around the buildings. It is a good idea to do this, otherwise, you don't see very much as the buildings are locked up. If you are just interested in seeing the outside of old buildings, that's free. If you want to tour the indoor museum and see the inside of the period buildings, that's when you pay the inexpensive entrance fee.

Generally, during the "off-season" the town is open for 4 hours a day. Doesn't seem like much, does it? However, we got there at 1:15, to a filming in their courthouse. So much filming we could not even enter the building to buy admission! We went to the only other building we could see, which was the museum and the nice woman inside let us pay there. The museum was very nice and contained a lot of nice period things from Staten, including painted oyster shells and old maps of the area.

The tour began at 2:30 and we were taken around to about a half-dozen or so of the buildings, as not all are open to the public, my guess is we saw most of the public ones, except the blacksmith shop. Anyway, this whole tour was very educational and I learned a lot, my favourite fact being that Staten Island was loyalist during the Revolutionary War. The entire tour took over 2 hours, which is great because it wasn't boring, and shows that the staff knows how to fill up the time.

Afterwards, we went to the gift shop and bought some chocolate fudge topping and went home. It was a nice day, better than expected, but I'd prefer to come back when the costume people are out using the tools and the ovens and such like.

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(Anonymous)
Oct. 12th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
fantastic glad you liked it !
H, back when my ex-wife was still mentally stable we hiked down here, took a nap out in the woods, and then visited ! That was fun. Another place you need to explore for a day , and in each season is the gardens at Snug Harbor. There's a small art museum also, about $5 or so each person for admission to everything, including the beautiful Chinese garden (comparable to the Japanese garden at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden near where I grew up). There's ano HUGE Chinese Cup garden in the Mid-Hudson area also near the State Police barracks off route 82 on the way to Millbrook in Dutchess county.
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