Walking through New York City, it’s easy to forget that New York City was once a collection of large farmsteads (and before that virgin land, of course). This week’s roundup includes some of the city’s most well-preserved historical farmhouses, which have miraculously survived the last 200 years of development.
Hidden along the intersection of Broadway and 204th Street, the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is the oldest house in Manhattan. The Dutch-colonial farm was built in the eighteenth century after the Dyckmans’ original home was destroyed in the Revolutionary War. By the early twentieth century, however, the farmhouse fell into disrepair as occupants moved out and the neighborhood rapidly developed. It was eventually restored in 1915 and converted into a museum that’s still standing today. The museum provides self-guided tours and is open from Friday to Sunday, 11am-5pm.