Location: 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island
Tours: Interpreter-led tours are conducted daily at 2:30 PM on weekdays and at 2pm and 3:30pm on weekends. Historic Richmond Town is a charming and informative splash of living history, a way for kids and parents to absorb the diversity of the American experience from Colonial days to the present. The site measures 100 acres, and the quaint village itself occupies 25, and a visit is quite relaxing. The village features 15 fully restored buildings, including homes, businesses and civic facilities, as well as a museum.
Visitors can follow the evolution of Richmond from its early days as a rural crossroad through its development as a county seat to its incorporation as a borough and suburb of New York. Buildings demonstrate 300 years of agricultural, commercial and coastal Staten Island. On a seasonal basis, staff members and volunteers provide guided tours and demonstrate the daily activities of early residents. Holidays like Christmas are celebrated in gala fashion, with lots of crafts.
Established in 1958, Historic Richmond Town is a joint project of the Staten Island Historical Society, an independent nonprofit cultural organization, and the city of New York.