4. Historic Richmond Town
Historic Richmond Town has its roots in the 1930s when Staten Islanders sought to preserve their history. By the 1950s, the living museum began to take its current form and buildings were moved there to ensure their preservation. Richmond Town’s history dates back to the 1600s and it served as the county seat until 1898. Unlike Colonial Williamsburg, whose buildings are recreations, the buildings in Richmond Town are all original and are among the oldest buildings in New York State. The site’s 28 buildings include the Voorlezer’s House, which is the oldest elementary school building in the United States, and museums illustrating the Island’s history. Costumed interpreters and craftsmen make the site a must see. Historic Richmond Town is part of the Historic House Trust of New York.