** RSVP 'yes' if you are CERTAIN you can join us. Otherwise DO NOTHING. **
Note: Will waitlist any signup who has a habit of 'no showing in events' not bothering to inform the host in favor of other members if this event approaches full capacity.
In the heart of Staten Island, there is a hidden place where the past can still be experienced with all your senses. The story of Richmond Town reveals layers of the past, and the lives of ordinary people connected to each other in many ways. From its beginning as a rural crossroad, through its development as county seat, to its place as a rustic outpost within New York City, this has been a community of people living and working together.
The history of Richmond Town dates back to as early as 1600's, when the town was first established as a crossroads settlement among the scattered farms of Staten Island. It grew into the government center of Staten Island through the years.
Although Richmond Town had lost its importance politically in the early 1900's, it soon became the center of the local preservation movement and developed into a museum village.
Today there are 27 buildings within the museum village (map), many of which have been restored and are open for touring. You can see furnished interiors, formal exhibitions, and demonstrations of daily activities of early Staten Islanders on a seasonal, scheduled basis.
Schedule of events
We will be meeting outside of Staten Island Ferry Terminal @ Whitehall Street, Manhattan and take the 30 minute free ride (11:30am departure) to Staten Island St. George Terminal. The S74 bus from St. George Terminal to Richmond Town takes Metrocard for fare. I suggest you bring your own lunch because I am not familiar with what's available in the museum.
Please be on time as we will not wait for latecomers. So, if you miss the ferry, you will have to travel on your own and catch the S74 bus to Richmond Road and St. Patrick's Place to look for us.
If you intend to travel to the museum by means of other transportations instead, please leave me a message in the comments section and wait for us at the entrance around 12:45 to 1pm.
Museum Hours are from 1pm to 5pm with guided tour available at 2:00pm and 3:30pm respectively. Admission fee is $8 for adults. We are planning to catch the 5:30pm bus back to Staten Island Ferry St. George Terminal. (Bus departs every hour if anybody wants to leave early.) I have no plans for dinner after the ferry ride back to Manhattan but if the group feels up to it, we can always travel to Chinatown for some cheap dinner.
Staten Island Ferry Schedule: http://www.siferry.com/SIFerry_Schedules.aspx
S74 bus schedule: http://web.mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/staten/s074cur.pdf