Friday, September 14, 2012

A Trip Back in Time- Historic Richmond Town

Old school printing press
In a city where everything is so fast paced and in a constant state of evolution, it is a rarity to find something so old and unchanged. Far from skyscrapers and a Gap, lives Historic Richmond Town in Staten Island.

What makes Richmond Town historic? The town is in its original state from as early as the late 1600s. Believe it or not, the building structures of Historic Richmond Town have never been rebuilt or restructured. A walk around Richmond Town feels like a trip back in time during the colonial days when the Dutch, French, and English first took up residence in Staten Island

I visited Historic Richmond Town for their second Chili and BBQ Cook Off. During this two day affair, various groups and local restaurants set their best recipes and cooking techniques forward in hopes of winning a poker chip vote from the public. An admission ticket granted unlimited tastings throughout the day.

Pier 76 and their chili pot
There are many events that take place in Historic Richmond Town. Currently, there is a county fair going on. Events are meant to foster community and awareness of Historic Richmond Town. Proceeds go towards preservation. The Staten Island Historical Society, the City of New York, and an unnamed independent nonprofit cultural organization oversee Historic Richmond Town.

Traditional Cornbread
All handmade!
Cooper's White Work
Historic Richmond Town is open to the public and visitors are encouraged to tour the museum and walk freely on the premises. I got to wander into the old homes and working businesses. A typical visit to Historic Richmond Town may include a variety of activities from learning about basket making, tasting food cooked by an antique stove, and a demonstration from a tinsmith to having a drink at the local watering hole as well as a taking a walk around the lake and the old mills. Historic Richmond Town may be a small quaint space but it’s big enough to convey the feel of a living, working village 350 years ago.

441 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306

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